List of NFL Kickoff Game broadcasters

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The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast the National Football League Kickoff game. The NFL Kickoff game, and related festivities, mark the start of the National Football League season. The first game of the season falls typically on the Thursday following Labor Day. A single game is held, preceded by a concert and other ceremonies.

2010s[edit]

Year Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2013 Baltimore at Denver NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya
2012 Dallas at N.Y. Giants NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya
2011 New Orleans at Green Bay NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya
2010 Minnesota at New Orleans NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Andrea Kremer

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2000s[edit]

Year Teams Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2009 Tennessee at Pittsburgh NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Andrea Kremer
2008 Washington at N.Y. Giants NBC Al Michaels John Madden Andrea Kremer
2007 New Orleans at Indianapolis NBC Al Michaels John Madden Andrea Kremer
2006 Miami at Pittsburgh NBC Al Michaels John Madden Andrea Kremer
2005 Oakland at New England ABC Al Michaels John Madden Michele Tafoya
2004 Indianapolis at New England ABC Al Michaels John Madden Michele Tafoya
2003 N.Y. Jets at Washington ABC Al Michaels John Madden Lisa Guerrero
2002 San Francisco at N.Y. Giants ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire Suzy Kolber

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  • In 2008, the league and NBC agreed to move up the opening kickoff of the kickoff game, to 7:00 PM Eastern Time, so that John McCain could address the nation during the 2008 Republican National Convention without having to compete with the game. That game featured the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. The game was also be the first to be carried by Internet television in the United States, as did all Sunday Night Football games in the 2008 season.[2]
  • In 2006, with the change in television contracts, the Kickoff Game was moved to NBC, who held the rights to Sunday Night Football. The game opposite the first weekend of World Series games was once again removed to compensate. (The Monday Night game at the end of the season, however, was not revived. Instead, after an impromptu experiment in 2005, a Monday night doubleheader was scheduled for the same weekend as the kickoff game.)
  • For 2003, the game's popularity and success saw it move to ABC as part of the Monday Night Football package. In order for the kickoff game to fit into the schedule, ABC dropped the Monday Night Football game held in the last week of the NFL season, which had become increasingly unpopular because it had to be scheduled before the season, meaning it often lacked playoff significance. In return, ESPN got a week 17 Saturday night game. While defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay were not selected for the Thursday night game, they did play a nationally-televised game at Philadelphia four nights later on MNF.

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