The Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, will as usual be the biggest day of sports broadcasting in the United States. But this year might be the biggest of them all since this is the first time the country’s biggest sporting event is happening at the same time as the Winter Olympics, one of the biggest events in the world.
Here are some things to know about the game as well as Super Bowl-related programming on other networks:
WHICH NETWORK HAS THIS YEAR’S SUPER BOWL?
This marks the 20th Super Bowl broadcast for NBC, which is second among all networks. CBS leads with 21 followed by NBC, Fox (9), and ABC (7).
Of the seven previous Super Bowls held in Los Angeles, NBC has aired four, including the last one in 1993 when Dallas beat Buffalo. CBS and NBC both aired the first Super Bowl, which was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
WHAT IS NBC’S SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY?
All times are Eastern:
8 a.m.: 2022 Winter Olympics
Noon: NFL Films “Road to the Super Bowl”
1 p.m.: Super Bowl Pregame Show
6:30 p.m.: Super Bowl kickoff
10:45 p.m.: Winter Olympics Primetime
12 a.m.: Late Local News (West coast will remain with Olympics)
12:30 a.m.: Winter Olympics Prime Plus
HOW DID NBC GET THIS YEAR’S GAME?
CBS originally had the game this year under the league’s rotation between CBS, NBC and FOX, but NBC and CBS agreed in 2019 to trade spots. CBS carried last year’s Super Bowl from Tampa instead of NBC. CBS didn’t want to compete against the Olympics while NBC could market two major events to advertisers.
WHO ARE THE ANNOUNCERS FOR NBC?
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth team up for their fourth Super Bowl. Michaels is handling the play-by-play for the 11th time, which ties him with the late Pat Summerall. This is Michaels’ fifth Super Bowl for NBC after his first six were with ABC. Collinsworth, who played eight seasons for the Bengals and appeared in both of their previous Super Bowl trips, will be an analyst for the fifth time. His first was with Fox for the 2005 game between Philadelphia and New England.
Rules analyst Terry McAulay, who refereed three Super Bowls, and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen are Super Bowl TV rookies. Sideline reporter Michele Tafoya is doing her fifth Super Bowl in what is her final appearance for NBC.
HOW MANY CAMERAS WILL NBC USE FOR THE SUPER BOWL?
Executive producer Fred Gaudelli didn’t want to give exact numbers, but NBC had a total of 106 for its last Super Bowl four years ago in Minneapolis. CBS had 120 last year in Tampa. For the first Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1967, NBC had 11 cameras.
Gaudelli did say that “in terms of cameras that shoot the game, that actually shoot the field and the play and the players — we’ll probably have 40 cameras.” All those cameras will be recorded and can be used for replay.
NBC will also be debuting a brand-new graphic look, a new score bug, as well as utilizing a lot of virtual reality and augmented reality graphics.
Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff are working their seventh Super Bowl together and fifth on NBC. Their first two were with ABC.
THE OLYMPICS HOST IS ALSO DOING THE SUPER BOWL PREGAME SHOW?
Yes. Mike Tirico is doing double duty. He left Beijing on Monday night to fly to Stamford, Connecticut, to host Olympics coverage Wednesday and Thursday before going to Los Angeles on Friday through Sunday.
Tirico will host the Super Bowl pregame and postgame presentation of the Vince Lombardi Trophy before going to a set outside SoFi Stadium to host Sunday night’s Olympics coverage.
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO WATCH THE HALFTIME SHOW?
The first half of a normal NFL game usually takes 90 minutes, but if there are a lot of running plays, it could be done in 1 hour, 10 minutes.
With kickoff at 6:30 p.m. EST, it would probably be a good idea to tune in around 7:40 p.m. so you don’t miss Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE GAME IF I AM A CORD CUTTER?
NBC’s Peacock streaming service will have the game for OTT devices and services, smart TVs and mobile devices. It will also be available for free on the NFL website/apps as well as Yahoo Sports. DirecTV Stream, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV also have NBC.
WHO HAS THE SPANISH LANGUAGE BROADCAST?
Sirius XM Satellite Radio will have four channels dedicated to the game — the Westwood One national feed, a Spanish-language channel, and the Rams and Bengals broadcasts.