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The NFL on TNT was the weekly United States television broadcast by Turner Network Television (TNT) of Sunday evening National Football League (NFL) games.




1982 NFLPA "all-star game" syndicated telecasts

During this time, the NFLPA promoted two "all-star games." One was held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on October 17, 1982 between two teams billed as "National East" and "American East." On the following day, October 18, another game was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum between players from the "American West" and the "National West." Both teams wore generic uniforms, with the home teams wearing red and the visiting teams wearing white. The NFLPA had hoped that the league's biggest stars would show up for the game, but few of them did. Perhaps the biggest reason for this was that the players on strike had no health insurance and therefore were totally responsible for any injuries suffered on the field. Neither game drew more than 20,000 spectators and the TV ratings (the games were syndicated by Turner Network Television) were abysmal in both cases. Although more all-star games had been scheduled by the NFLPA, none of them were ever played.

Sunday Night Football (1990–1997)

TNT televised NFL games from 1990 through the 1997 season. They broadcast Sunday night NFL games during the first half of the season, with ESPN taking over for the second half. TNT got a couple of Thursday night games to show, as ESPN did in the second half (TNT's Thursday night games were aired in place of Sunday night games that would have otherwise conflicted with the World Series).

ESPN anchor Chris Berman referred to TNT's football programming by its original "Nitro" brand, even after TNT abandoned that moniker. (This is not to be confused with the professional wrestling show, also colloquially called WCW Monday Nitro.)

As previously mentioned, before 1990, TNT (back when it was purely a syndicated television service) produced two exhibition football games that were organized by the NFL Players Association during the 1982 NFL strike. The union had hoped to establish a new football league with those games, to help fans cope with the lack of National Football League games. But neither game drew well, either in attendance or TV ratings, and no further games were played.[1]

Studio shows

The network had a one-hour studio pregame show, titled The Stadium Show, from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, this was reduced to a half-hour and retitled Pro Football Tonight, running though 1997. Ernie Johnson was one of the studio hosts during this time, and Mark May (now of ESPN) was one of the studio analysts before moving to the booth for the final season.

Super Bowl Television

In addition to the Sunday night games, TNT also presented an annual special, Super Bowl Television. The program, which aired on Friday and Saturday night, mixed a preview of that season's game with entertainment segments. Ernie Johnson hosted the show from the Super Bowl host city.

The end of TNT's coverage

The package ended when ESPN gained the cable and satellite TV rights to the entire season; those rights began in 1998. TNT replaced the game coverage with movies, which it still does today.


In the booth


Color commentary

Sideline reporters





  1. ^ America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, "1982 Washington Redskins." Footage from the program from NBC News is clearly labeled, "COURTESY TNT."

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Preceded by
(2nd half of season only)
NFL Sunday Night Football broadcaster (1st half of season)
with ESPN (2nd half of season)

1990 - 97
Succeeded by
(entire season)


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