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NFL is Made for TV. And NBC Does It Best

There are many reasons the NFL is the most popular sport in America, not the least of which is how freakin’ awesome it is to watch on TV. 

Each NFL broadcast requires approximately 20 cameras and 150 people or so.

That’s light years ahead of 1939, when NBC was the first network to televise a pro football game, using two cameras and about eight staffers. 

Today every game is directed as well as a big budget block buster movie. There are so many great camera angles with amazing closeups and it's all in High Def so you can even clearly see the details of the turf.

The camera flying over the field gives an amazing angle.The crystal clear audio of players yelling and helmets hitting makes you feel like you are on the sidelines.

And I’m proud to say as a former WLBZ TV employee I’m proud as a Peacock NBC does the best job.

Really every network does an awesome job of bringing the National Football League into our homes. Even FOX with the smarmy Joe Buck and the annoying dancing metallic robot is OK.

But there's something about NBC’s Sunday Night Football that makes it more special for me.

I’m not going to lie. Opening the game with a couple of minutes of Carrie Underwood isn’t a bad thing.

But I think Al Michaels is gold, and I personally like Cris Collinsworth.

NBC’s graphics are clean and colorful. The regional music into commercial breaks is a nice touch like when they played Nirvana last night in Seattle.

Take a look back at some network coverage from the 70's, 80's or even 90's. You'll wonder how we ever found that fun. Today the NFL is an amazing TV experience and NBC does it best.

-SOLARI

Jeff@sportschowdah.com

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