Sunday NFL Countdown

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Sunday NFL Countdown
SNFLC.jpg
Sunday NFL Countdown Logo
FormatNational Football League
StarringChris Berman
Tom Jackson
Mike Ditka
Keyshawn Johnson
Cris Carter
Ray Lewis
Chris Mortensen
Adam Schefter
Suzy Kolber
Ron Jaworski
Merril Hoge
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time3 hours
Broadcast
Original channelESPN (1985-)
ESPN HD (2004-)
Original runSeptember 7, 1985 – present
External links
Website
 
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Sunday NFL Countdown
SNFLC.jpg
Sunday NFL Countdown Logo
FormatNational Football League
StarringChris Berman
Tom Jackson
Mike Ditka
Keyshawn Johnson
Cris Carter
Ray Lewis
Chris Mortensen
Adam Schefter
Suzy Kolber
Ron Jaworski
Merril Hoge
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time3 hours
Broadcast
Original channelESPN (1985-)
ESPN HD (2004-)
Original runSeptember 7, 1985 – present
External links
Website

Sunday NFL Countdown is a pregame show of all the NFL action for that week. The official name is Sunday NFL Countdown presented by IBM. The show airs on ESPN, ESPN HD, TSN and TSN HD from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time every Sunday during the National Football League regular season. In Europe it is aired by ESPN America.

It is very similar to The NFL Today on CBS and Fox NFL Sunday, which airs on Fox. The show's former names include NFL GameDay from 1985 to 1995, NFL Countdown from 1996 to 1997, and since 1998, Sunday NFL Countdown (to demarcate from the Monday night version of the series). In 2006, the program introduced new graphics and a new logo to resemble the network's Monday Night Football logo.

Chris Berman has been the studio host for the show's entire run. Jack Youngblood was the first analyst. In 1987, he was replaced by Pete Axthelm and Tom Jackson.

The show's awards include seven Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Weekly Show (1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003, and 2006 seasons) and five CableACE Awards (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 seasons).

Controversy[edit]

On July 14, 2003, ESPN announced that Rush Limbaugh would be joining the show as a weekly commentator when it premiered on September 7. Limbaugh would provide the "voice of the fan" and was supposed to spark debate on the show. Limbaugh certainly succeeded at the latter. On September 28, Limbaugh commented about Donovan McNabb, the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles:

"Sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

On October 1, 2003, less than one week after that comment, Limbaugh resigned from ESPN. The following Sunday on air Tom Jackson said about Limbaugh:

"Let me just say that it was not our decision to have Rush Limbaugh on this show. I've seen replay after replay of Limbaugh's comments with my face attached as well as that of my colleagues, comments which made us very uncomfortable at the time, although the depth and the insensitive nature of which weren't fully felt until it seemed too late to reply. He was brought here to talk football, and he broke that trust. Rush told us the social commentary for which he is so well known would not cross over to our show, and instead, he would represent the viewpoint of the intelligent, passionate fan. Rush Limbaugh was not a fit for NFL Countdown."

2007[edit]

In February 2007, ESPN confirmed an earlier report in the Dallas Morning News that Michael Irvin would not be brought back to the show or to the network. On March 12, ESPN confirmed on its website that Michael Irvin's former teammate, Emmitt Smith would fill Irvin's chair, but that arrangement only lasted one season.[1] Keyshawn Johnson also joined the network and has served as an analyst for Countdown, among other programs.

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