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Encyclopedia > The NFL on NBC Pregame Show

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GrandStand

The first official NFL on NBC pregame show was called GrandStand, a program that doubled as an ABC's Wide World of Sports knockoff in the off-season. GrandStand premiered in 1975 with hosts Jack Buck and Bryant Gumbel (who joined Buck sometime later in the season). In 1976, Jack Buck left GrandStand in order to return to the booth for play-by-play (for NBC). Buck was in return, replaced by Lee Leonard, who co-hosted GrandStand with Bryant Gumbel. In 1979, Lee Leonard left and was replaced by Mike Adamle as Bryant Gumbel's co-host. Leonard would become a co-host of ESPN's SportsCenter later that year. ABCs Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. ... The 1975 NFL season was the 56th regular season of the National Football League. ... John Francis Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948), is an American television personality for news and sports programs. ... The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... Lee Leonard is an American television personality who was involved in the launch of two of the most influential networks in TV history. ... The 1979 NFL season was the 60th regular season of the National Football League. ... Mike Adamle (born October 4, 1949, in Euclid, Ohio) is the sports anchor at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, Illinois. ... ESPN (formerly an initialism for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... SportsCenter is a sports news television show shown every day on ESPN since the network was founded on September 7, 1979. ...


The NFL {insert year}

In 1977, NBC dropped the GrandStand moniker in favor of NFL plus the corresponding season. For example, The NFL '77, The NFL '78 and so forth. NBC would use this particular method of titling their pregame show until the 1987 season. Beginning in 1987, NBC used the title NFL Live, for which they would use until the end of the 1997 season. The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... See also: 1986 in television, other events of 1987, 1988 in television and the list of years in television. ... The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Bryant Gumbel would host the NFL on NBC pregame show through the 1981 season, when he left NBC Sports for a job on NBC's Today Show. In his final two seasons on The NFL on NBC, Gumbel served as the sole host for the pregame show. Gumbel was subsequently replaced by Len Berman, who was joined by Mike Adamle, Pete Axthelm (who left following the 1985 season), and Ahmad Rashad. In Len Berman's second season (and what turned out to be his final full season) as the host, Bill Macatee (who left following the 1984 season) and Dave Marash (who left following the 1983 season) replaced Mike Adamle and Ahmad Rashad. Rashad would return to the pregame show in 1984 and continue onward through the 1988 season. The 1981 NFL season was the 62th regular season of the National Football League. ... Today is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Len Berman on WNBC in 2005. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... Ahmad Rashad (born Bobby Moore November 19, 1949 in Portland, Oregon, raised in Tacoma, Washington) is an Emmy award-winning sportscaster (mostly with NBC Sports) and former American football wide receiver for the St. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... Bill Macatee (b. ... The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... Dave Marash is an American television journalist. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... See also: 1983 in television, other events of 1984, 1985 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1984-85 American network television schedule. ... The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ...


NFL Live

By 1987, Bob Costas had taken over for Len Berman as the studio anchor. During this particular period, Paul Maguire was apart of NFL Live, which from 1986-1988, only consisted of him, Bob Costas, and Ahmad Rashad. In 1988, Bob Costas' predecessor, Len Berman would return temporarily to the hosting seat because Costas was away in Seoul to cover that year's Summer Olympics for NBC, Gayle Sierens who made history as the first female play-by-play announcer in NFL history one year earlier, would join Len Berman while Costas and Rashad were in Seoul. Beginning in 1989, NFL Live only consisted of Bob Costas and O.J. Simpson, who was on the show until the end of the 1993 season. Around this particular period (1990 to be exact), NFL Live featured the John Tesh composed theme music Gridiron Dreams. After one more season featuring only Costas and Simpson as the hosts, they were joined by Bill Parcells (who left after just one season for a role as an in-booth analyst) and Will McDonough, who left NFL Live after the 1993 season. Robert Quinlan Costas, also known as Bob Costas (born March 22, 1952 in Queens, New York) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... Paul Maguire (born August 22, 1938) is a former American football player and current television sportscaster. ... The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ... See also: 1987 in television, other events of 1988, 1989 in television and the list of years in television. For the United States network television schedule, please see 1988-89 United States network television schedule. ... Seoul (Sŏul|서울) ) is the capital and largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). ... The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... Gayle Sierens is a current news anchor on WFLA. She joined the Tampa NBC affiliate in 1977 as a weekend sports anchor and reporter after working with WFSU-TV in Tallahassee while she was attending Florida State University. ... The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. ... Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947 in San Francisco, California), publicly known by the initials O.J., and nicknamed The Juice, was a Hall of Fame college and professional football player and film actor. ... The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1990. ... John Tesh (born July 9, 1952) is an American new age/contemporary Christian musician. ... The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is an American football head coach for the Dallas Cowboys and is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. ... The 1991 NFL season was the 72th regular season of the National Football League. ... Will McDonough (July 6, 1935 - January 9, 2003) gave the American Football League honest exposure in his articles and columns in a nationally prominent newspaper, the Boston Globe. ... The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Bob Costas held the main hosting position from 1984 through the 1992 season. Costas would continue his involvement with The NFL on NBC, albeit in a more limited role such as delivering, pre-taped, intimate, one-on-one interviews. In 1993, Jim Lampley replaced Costas as the host of NFL Live. Lampley would stay in this particular role before leaving the program in favor of doing going to the booth for play-by-play for The NFL on NBC. From 1994-1997, former CBS, NFL Today host Greg Gumbel served as the host. Also during the span of 1993-1997, Mike Ditka was a regular commentator on NFL Live. A year after Mike Ditka's arrival, Joe Gibbs joined NFL Live, who also stayed on through the 1997 season. In 1995, Joe Montana joined NFL Live but was gone after just one season. Montana was subsequently replaced by Cris Collinsworth, who stayed on through the 1997 season. The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1992 NFL season was the 73th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... Jim Lampley (born on April 8, 1949 in Hendersonville, North Carolina) is an American sports broadcaster, news anchor, movie producer and restaurant owner. ... NFL 75th season anniversary logo The 1994 NFL season was the 75th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. ... // Introduction 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. ... Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American television sportscaster. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1993. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... For the Jamaican record producer, see Joe Gibbs (record producer) Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940 in Mocksville, North Carolina) is a Hall of Fame american football coach and NASCAR Championship team owner. ... The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... Joseph Clifford Montana, Jr. ... Anthony Cris Collinsworth (b. ...


Football Night in America

Further information: Football Night in America

Football Night in America will be the pregame show that will precede the NBC television networks telecasts of Sunday night National Football League (NFL) games starting in September 2006. ...

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