When the NFL season kicks off in September, you're going to see a lot of familiar faces on CBS. The network, which is heading into its 57th year of NFL coverage, announced its booth pairings for the 2016 season on Tuesday.
Once again, Jim Nantz returns as the play-by-play man on the network's No. 1 team, along with partner Phil Simms and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. Nantz, Simms and Wolfson will start the 2016 regular season in New York on Sept. 11, where they're scheduled to call the game between the Bengals and the Jets.
The seven other announcer pairings include:
- Play-by-play commentator Ian Eagle, analyst Dan Fouts with sideline reporter Evan Washburn
- Greg Gumbel and Trent Green with Jamie Erdahl
- Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
- Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
- Andrew Catalon and Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein
- Tom McCarthy and Adam Archuleta
- Carter Blackburn and Chris Simms.
Overall, the top-7 announcing teams remain unchanged from last year.
Besides those eight tandems, you'll also see Brad Nessler call several NFL games this year. Nessler, who was hired by CBS Sports in May to succeed Verne Lundquist on the "SEC on CBS," will call play-by-play for select NFL games this year.
James Brown once again will anchor "The NFL Today" from New York. Brown will be joined by veteran analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, along with Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott. That foursome will be joined every week by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
Anyway, if your favorite team is scheduled to play on CBS during the first four weeks of the regular season, you can find out who's announcing your game by heading here.
Besides Bengals-Jets, the No. 1 team of Nantz, Simms and Wolfson will also be calling five other games between now and Week 4. The No. 1 team will also be on the call for several Thursday night games throughout the season.
CBS No. 1 team schedule Weeks 1-4
Week 1: Bengals at Jets (Sun., Sept. 11)
Week 2: Jets at Bills (Thurs., Sept. 15), Colts at Broncos (Sun., Sept, 18)
Week 3: Texans at Patriots (Thurs., Sept. 22), Steelers at Eagles (Sun., Sept, 25)
Week 4: Dolphins at Bengals (Thurs., Sept. 29)