League Partnership Extended with Multi-Year Agreement
Hall of Famer Jason Taylor Named New Sunday Night Football Analyst
New York, NY – August 3, 2017 – Tonight, Westwood One kicks off its 31st consecutive year as the exclusive network radio partner of the National Football League. Westwood One has been the national radio home of the NFL since 1987 ― and will continue this partnership for years to come through a recently agreed upon multi-year extension.
Westwood One will provide play-by-play coverage of the NFL’s 2017-2018 national regular season package of primetime games and all postseason games, including Super Bowl LII. Westwood One kicks off the broadcast schedule tonight at 7:30 pm ET with the first of 71 games this season with the Hall of Fame Game from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals.
Millions of passionate listeners can hear each of Westwood One’s NFL broadcasts on nearly 500 terrestrial radio stations nationwide, as well as on SiriusXM, the TuneIn Radio app, and on NFL Game Pass.
“Everyone’s listening to the NFL on Westwood One because we unequivocally offer some of the best play-by-play and commentary in all of sports programming. No one touches Westwood One Sports’ commitment to quality programming and organic advertiser integrations,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “We are thrilled to extend our longstanding partnership with the NFL and can’t wait to kick off another season of unparalleled sports action.”
The 2017-2018 NFL regular season kicks off when the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots host the
Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night, September 7th.
This season’s primetime package consists of the following 71 nationally featured games:
- Hall of Fame Game
- Opening Night game
- 16 Monday Night games (including one doubleheader)
- 16 Sunday Night games (no game on Christmas Eve)
- 14 Thursday Night games (including Thanksgiving night)
- 3 Sunday Morning London games
- 2 Saturday doubleheaders
- Thanksgiving Day doubleheader
- Christmas Day/Night doubleheader
- 12 Postseason games, including the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl LII
Kevin Harlan and former quarterback and NFL MVP Boomer Esiason return to the booth as the lead broadcast crew for Monday Night Football. This marks Harlan’s eighth full season behind the microphone and Esiason’s 18th season as the lead analyst on Monday nights. Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner will split the schedule of Monday Night games with Esiason during the season. Jim Gray will anchor the pregame and halftime portions of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl for the 17th straight season. Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald return as contributors and will join Jim each Monday night.
Kevin Kugler will once again be the voice of Sunday Night Football, his fifth straight year in that role. Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor joins the Westwood One primetime lineup as the primary analyst for the Sunday night package. Taylor called Sunday afternoon games last season for the network.
For the 10th consecutive season, Ian Eagle will call all the action on Thursday Night Football. Tony Boselli will serve as the primary analyst for this package of games. Super Bowl XXXI-winning Coach Mike Holmgren will contribute each week to the Thursday Night Football broadcasts. Scott Graham returns as the pregame/halftime/postgame host of all the remaining games in the primetime package, his ninth consecutive year in that role.
Tom McCarthy, John Sadak, and Brandon Gaudin will also serve as play-by-play announcers during the season. Additional game analysts will include Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, Mike Holmgren, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, and former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker, among others.
In addition to live game coverage, Westwood One Sports also offers the features NFL Insider, NFL Today, NFL Preview, and Fantasy Football Forecast.
For more information, including a complete schedule of games, announcer bios, and audio links, click here.
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