Super Bowl 50 Pregame Features on ESPN and ESPN Deportes


Super Bowl 50 Pregame Features on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

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  • Chris Berman and Analysts at San Francisco’s Marina Green for Special Three-Hour Show on ESPN
  • NFL Legend Brett Favre Joins the Show
  • Suzy Kolber with Super Bowl Champions Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young at Levi’s Stadium
  • ESPN Deportes’ 90-minute NFL Esta Noche Super Bowl 50 Special Live from Levi’s Stadium
  • Reporters Sal Paolantonio (Denver) and Ed Werder (Panthers) with Team Reports
  • Spanish-language Reporters John Sutcliffe (Broncos) and Sergio Dipp (Panthers) on ESPN Deportes

ESPN will preview Super Bowl 50 with a special three-hour edition of Postseason NFL Countdown on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT, from two primary locations in the Bay Area – San Francisco’s Marina Green (main set), and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Host Chris Berman, covering his 34th Super Bowl, will be joined by analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson, and segment host Wendi Nix, on the main set at Marina Green. Suzy Kolber will host coverage from Levi’s Stadium with a trio of Super Bowl champions, Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young, and ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. Reporters Sal Paolantonio (Broncos) and Ed Werder (Panthers) will provide live team updates throughout the program.

Green Bay Packers Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brett Favre will join the crew as a guest analyst for 30 minutes, the morning after his expected election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Favre and ESPN’s roster of Countdown analysts – with a combined 11 Super Bowl rings in 17 appearances – will preview the Super Bowl 50 game, analyzing the players, teams, key matchups and more.

Planned ESPN Postseason NFL Countdown features, in order of timing by quarter-hour (all times Eastern, subject to change):

Riding With Vince

In a unique adaptation of The Late Late Show carpool karaoke series on CBS featuring James Corden and star singers, Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Mike Ditka take a ride with a Vince Lombardi impersonator reprising a special Postseason NFL Countdown edition of the “Carpool Karaoke.” In the car, the Lombardi imitator, Carter and Ditka, sing hit tunes by stars from Selena Gomez to Drake that will be interspersed in five parts throughout the three-hour program. (Producers: Rachel Sampson, Jeremy Anderson and Lucas Nickerson)

 Caliendo – How Do You Super Bowl? (11:40 a.m. / 12:20 p.m. / 1:20 p.m.)

Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the most celebrated days each year in the United States – replete with parties, gatherings, festivities, and fans watching the broadcast of the game, the television commercials, national anthem, halftime performance and the overall pomp and pageantry of the event. In a faux report, Countdown comedian Frank Caliendo – playing Donald Trump, Rob Ryan, Rex Ryan, Al Pacino and Robert Downey Jr. – and his friends reveal how American celebrities celebrate the Super Bowl. Other comedians making cameo appearances on the three-part skits across the three-hour program include:

  • Matthew Dearing – plays actor Matthew McConaughey
  • Marianne Curan– plays Hillary Clinton
  • John Holmberg – Liam Neeson and Gordon Ramsey
  • Brady Bogen – Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
  • Dean Edwards – Tracy Morgan, Stephen A. Smith, Denzel Washington and Jay-Z

(Producers: Zach Budman and Meghan Robinson)

Peyton Manning Conversation (12:00)

On the eve of his second Super Bowl appearance in three years, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sits down with Countdown’s Tom Jackson, a member of Denver’s famed Orange Crush defense, to discuss his up-and-down season: being benched at mid-season for back-up quarterback Brock Osweiler, the injuries, returning in the playoffs to lead the team to Super Bowl 50, and his plans whether to keep playing after Super Bowl 50. (Producer: Tory Zawacki)

Josh Norman Conversation (12:20)

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman sits with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to talk about his breakout season, how to get in the head of opposing wide receivers, the possibility of getting a pick-6 in Super Bowl 50 vs. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and a recap of what was going throw his head when he faced Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at Giants MetLife Stadium on Dec. 20, 2015.

Demaryius Thomas Reunion (12:45)

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas waited 17 years for the experience of having his mother watch him play football live and in person. On Jan. 17, Katina Smith, Demaryius’ mom – who had been in prison for nearly two decades, watched her son play against the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff game. The following week ESPN cameras were with Katina at home as she watched her son play in Denver’s Conference Championship victory over the Patriots. Demaryius and his mother spoke to Countdown reporter Michelle Beisner about the emotional reunion at Mile High. (Producer: Luis Aldea)

Cam’s Gift (1:00)

When Cam Newton handed six-year-old Colin Toler the game ball after scoring a touchdown in the Panthers’ week 9 home win over the Packers, the quarterback left a lasting memory for a young boy who was struggling to come to grips with the loss of his 31-year-old dad, Ben Toler, reports ESPN’s Marty Smith(Producer: Gavin Cote)

 Going Out on Top (1:30)

Super Bowl 50 could be the swan song for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning after an 18-year NFL career. If the Broncos win, Manning would join a list of players – Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis and Mel Renfro, 12-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis, basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson, hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque and just a few others — who walked away from the game with a championship. Countdown’s Jim Trotter reports on the significance of walking away from the game as a champion. (Producer: Luke S. Williams)


ESPN Deportes: NFL Esta Noche – Super Bowl 50 Special on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

ESPN Deportes, the U.S. Spanish-language network for Super Bowl 50 (via an agreement with the NFL and CBS), will present a 90-minute pregame special, NFL Esta Noche, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT.

Host Ciro Procuna and analysts Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Mauricio Pedroza will preview the matchup. The game commentator team – Álvaro Martín (pxp) and Raul Allegre (analyst) – will also appear on the program, as well as sideline reporter John Sutcliffe, working with former Chicago Bear center Roberto Garcia throughout the show. Field reporters Kary Correa, Sergio Dipp, Carlos Nava and Sebastian Martinez Christensen, will provide up-to-the-minute updates.

Planned ESPN Deportes NFL Esta Noche features, in order of timing by quarter-hour (all times Eastern, subject to change):

Así Llegaron (4:30)

NFL Esta Noche will open with a recap of the Broncos and Panthers seasons, focusing primarily on their journey to Super Bowl 50.

San Francisco-Bay Area Essay (4:45)

The Bay Area is made up of cities with names given by Spanish settlers in the 1700’s – San Jose, Santa Clara and San Francisco. Over three centuries later, the Hispanic influence in the area is as strong as ever. The varied cultures that make up the region have turned it into a variegated mosaic; and with more than 20 percent Latino population and neighborhoods like the Mission District, The Presidio and East San Jose, the Hispanic culture is the heartbeat of diversity that adds a colorful flavor to Super Bowl 50. Spanish-language narration by Jerry Olaya. (Producer: Lizette Castaneda)

Las Panteras (5:00)

Sixteen of the 32 NFL teams produce Spanish-language radio broadcasts. But in Charlotte, N.C., an uncle and nephew duo, Jaime and Luis Moreno, have changed the way football play-by-play is done in Spanish.  The Carolina Panthers’ riveting 15-1 regular season record has taken the Morenos and their radio game broadcasts to another level – turning them into a cultural phenomenon across North Carolina and beyond. Reporter Álvaro Martín. (Producer: Cote Gavin)

Rivera Family Values (5:30)

ESPN Deportes’ Álvaro Martín reports how Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera found strength in recent tragedies – the passing of his brother from pancreatic cancer in July and the fire that engulfed his home in January of 2015.

Additional ESPN Super Bowl 50 Sunday Shows:

  • NFL Matchup – Super Bowl 50 Edition: In a special Super Bowl 50 edition, ESPN’s NFL Matchup (ESPN2, 8:30 a.m. ET) with host Trey Wingo and analysts Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski will preview the Broncos-Panthers game.
  • NFL Insiders: Wingo and Insiders Bill Polian, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter will host a Super Bowl 50 edition of the hour-long program live from Levi’s Stadium at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT on ESPN, preceding the Postseason NFL Countdown.

ESPN’s Super Bowl Sunday coverage:

Sun, Feb 7 8-8:30 a.m. Outside the Lines ESPN2
8:30-9 a.m. NFL Matchup (Marina Green) ESPN2
9-10 a.m. SportsCenter (Marina Green) ESPN
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SportsCenter (Marina Green and Mexico) ESPN Deportes
9:30-10 a.m. The Sports Reporters (Marina Green) ESPN2
10-11 a.m. NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition (Marina Green) ESPN
11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers (Marina Green and Levi’s Stadium) ESPN
2-5 p.m. Ultimo Paso SB50 Special (Radio Row, Moscone Center) ESPN Deportes Radio
4:30-6 p.m. NFL Super Bowl Pregame Special (Levi’s Stadium) ESPN Deportes
5-6 p.m. Super Bowl Pregame on ESPN Deportes Radio (Marina Green and Levi’s Stadium) ESPN Deportes Radio
6 p.m. Super Bowl Live Telecast on ESPN Deportes (Levi’s Stadium) ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
9:30 p.m. Super Bowl Postgame Show (Levi’s Stadium) ESPN Deportes
10:30-11:30 p.m. NFL PrimeTime Presented by Audi (Levi’s Stadium) ESPN
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter (Marina Green) ESPN

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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