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Encyclopedia > Sunday NFL Countdown
Sunday NFL Countdown logo
Sunday NFL Countdown logo

Sunday NFL Countdown is a pregame show of all the NFL action for that week. The official name is Sunday NFL Countdown presented by Old Spice Red Zone. The show airs on ESPN and TSN from 11am–1pm ET every Sunday during the National Football League regular season. It is very similar to The NFL Today on CBS and FOX NFL Sunday, which airs on FOX. Image File history File links Sunday_nfl_countdown2. ... Image File history File links Sunday_nfl_countdown2. ... ESPN (once an abbreviation for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Availability Rogers Cable - Channel 26=hiddenStructure TSN(The Sports Network) is a Canadian cable specialty television channel and is Canadas leading English language sports television channel. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The NFL Today is a TV program that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports, which is the sports division of the U.S. TV station network CBS. The program usually airs at noon on Sundays of the National Football League regular season. ... For other uses, see CBS (disambiguation). ... FOX NFL Sunday is the pregame show for the TV program The NFL on FOX. FOX NFL Sunday debuted in 1994 with hosts Terry Bradshaw, James Brown, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. ... A Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) A fox is a member of any of 27 species of small omnivorous canids. ...


The show made its first appearance on TV in 1985 and Chris Berman has been the studio host for every one of those years, along with Tom Jackson who joined the program one year after its debute. Steve Young began working only a selected number of weeks in 2000 and started working full time on the show beginning in 2001. And highly controversial Michael Irvin, who joined the program in 2003, was suspended from the program for one week during the 2005 season after he was arested for a Class C misdemeneanor. Mike Ditka filled in for Irvin during his absence that week is also an analyst for the show sence he joined in 2004, but only appears during certain segments. Chris Mortensen, who joined ESPN in 1991 is the insider for the show and gives up to the minute NFL news and rumors from around the league. This article is about the year. ... Chris Berman, ESPN Personality. ... Tom Jackson is also a Canadian film and television actor and singer. ... Steve Young, best known as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Steve Young, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Michael Irvin (born March 5, 1966 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) is a former American football star known for a dynamic, record-setting football career, but also for his flamboyant personality and widely-publicized run-ins with the law, including multiple drug arrests that spotted his reputation as one of... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Chris Mortensen is a NFL Insider for ESPN. He can be seen on NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. ... ESPN (once an abbreviation for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


The show's awards include six Sports Emmy Awards (1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2003 seasons) and five CableACE Awards (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 seasons). The Sports Emmy Awards are Emmy Awards that are given away for coverage of sports. ... The CableACE Award was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programing. ...


From the show's inception until the mid-1990s, it was known as NFL Gameday.

Contents


Segments

  • The Mayne Event is when funny man Kenny Mayne looks between the lines and does a story on hope or courage,whether true or not it's sure to be funnny.
  • Interview there is usually an interview conducted by Andrea Kremer among others with a news making football player or coach.
  • Reports from Around the League is when they go live to reporters such as Ed Werder, Sal Paolantonio and others from every site where there is a NFL game and they deliver updates and injury reports from the game their covering.
  • Demo Field is when the whole gang gets together on the demo field to demonstrate a certain play a team runs to perfection that no one can stop.
  • The Mort Report is Chris Mortensen's time to shine. It's when he breaks down all the latest trade rumers, coaching changes and injuries which he is always the first to deliver.
  • Open Mike's is when Michael Irvin and Mike Ditka who are two totally different personalities square off on a number of topics, which are usually not agreed on.
  • Picks is when Steve Young, Michael Irvin, Tom Jackson and Mike Ditka run down every NFL, analyst them and make there official prediction.

Kenny Mayne (born September 1, 1959) is a sports journalist for ESPN. Kenny started at ESPN in 1994 as a SportSmash anchor on ESPN2, and soon moved over to the main network. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Chris Mortensen is a NFL Insider for ESPN. He can be seen on NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. ... Michael Irvin (born March 5, 1966 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) is a former American football star known for a dynamic, record-setting football career, but also for his flamboyant personality and widely-publicized run-ins with the law, including multiple drug arrests that spotted his reputation as one of... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Steve Young, best known as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Steve Young, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Michael Irvin (born March 5, 1966 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) is a former American football star known for a dynamic, record-setting football career, but also for his flamboyant personality and widely-publicized run-ins with the law, including multiple drug arrests that spotted his reputation as one of... Tom Jackson is also a Canadian film and television actor and singer. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ...

Controversey

On July 14, 2003, ESPN announced that Rush Limbaugh would be joining the show as a weekly commentator when it premiered on September 7. Limbaugh would provide the "voice of the fan" and was supposed to spark debate on the show. Limbaugh certainly succeeded at the latter. On September 28, Limbaugh commented about Donovan McNabb, the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles: ESPN (once an abbreviation for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Rush Limbaugh. ... Donovan Jamal McNabb (born November 25, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. He attended Syracuse University. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Silver, Black, and White Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop Local radio Flagship stations: WYSP (94. ...

"Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

On October 1, 2003, less then one month after that comment Limbaugh resigned from ESPN. The following Sunday on air Tom Jackson said about Limbaugh: ESPN (once an abbreviation for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Tom Jackson is also a Canadian film and television actor and singer. ...

"Let me just say that it was not our decision to have Rush Limbaugh on this show. I've seen replay after replay of Limbaugh's comments with my face attached as well as that of my colleagues, comments which made us very uncomfortable at the time, although the depth and the insensitive nature of which weren't fully felt until it seemed too late to reply. He was brought here to talk football, and he broke that trust. Rush told us the social commentary for which he is so well known would not cross over to our show, and instead, he would represent the viewpoint of the intelligent, passionate fan. Rush Limbaugh

was not a fit for NFL Countdown."


Personalities

  • Chris Berman (host, 1985-present)
  • Michael Irvin (Analyst, 2003-present, except one broadcast he was suspended)
  • Tom Jackson (Analyst, 1986-prsent)
  • Chris Mortensen (Instudio Reporter, 1991-present)
  • Rachel Nichols (Reporter,???-present)
  • Dan Patrick (Host when Chris Berman was undergoing surgery)
  • Stuart Scott(Co-host, ???-???), (host for Wildcard Saturday and Super Bowl coverage, when Chris Berman is doing ABC)
  • Sterling Sharpe(Analyst, ???-2003)
  • Phil Simms (Analyst, ???-???)
  • Mike Tirico (co-host, ???-???)
  • Ed Werder (Reporter, ???-present)
  • Steve Young (Analyst, 2002(selected games), 2003-present)

Chris Berman, ESPN Personality. ... Michael Irvin (born March 5, 1966 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) is a former American football star known for a dynamic, record-setting football career, but also for his flamboyant personality and widely-publicized run-ins with the law, including multiple drug arrests that spotted his reputation as one of... Tom Jackson is also a Canadian film and television actor and singer. ... Chris Mortensen is a NFL Insider for ESPN. He can be seen on NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. ... Rachel Alexander Nichols is an ESPN reporter and Page2 columnist. ... Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), better known as Dan Patrick, is a sportscaster from Mason, Ohio, United States. ... Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American sportscaster for ESPN, most visibly as an anchor on SportsCenter. ... Phillip Phil Simms (born November 3, 1955 in Lebanon, Kentucky) is a former quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the CBS network. ... Mike Tirico is a commentator for ESPN/ABC. He has been host of ABC Sports golf coverage since 1996. ... Steve Young, best known as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Steve Young, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Also See

The NFL Today is a TV program that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports, which is the sports division of the U.S. TV station network CBS. The program usually airs at noon on Sundays of the National Football League regular season. ... FOX NFL Sunday is the pregame show for the TV program The NFL on FOX. FOX NFL Sunday debuted in 1994 with hosts Terry Bradshaw, James Brown, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson. ... The television rights to the National Football League are the most lucrative (and most expensive) rights of any sport available. ...

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