Nov 2, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Broadcast Changes for ESPN, NBC

There’s some changes coming to your 2015 NFL post season, and it is quite exciting. ESPN announced today that their network will broadcast their first ever playoff game in 2015, something that has never been done in their 35-year history. The network will hold one of the Wild Card weekend matchups.

ESPN’s MNF team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call the Wild Card game, as well as the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl (Jan. 25, 2015) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, which returns to ESPN this season as part of the company’s new rights agreement.

It would appear that the network will have a seemless transition between their Sunday NFL Countdown program and the Wild Card game.

Also making headlines, NBC has also announced that their network will host an additional postseason matchup during this year’s playoffs.

NBC will broadcast three 2014 postseason games – Super Bowl XLIX from Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015, a Divisional Playoff game on the weekend of January 10-11, and a Wild Card Playoff game on the January 3-4 weekend.

With the new flexing rules in play for FOX & CBS, and CBS hosting Thursday Night Football, it seems logical for NBC and ESPN to ‘make some noise’ on the broadcasting front. We’re not sure as to which network will give up their playoff game to NBC.

The fact that the NFL is changing their programming to bring an ‘on demand’ type atmosphere feels like they are giving the fans more and more options for watching football. Consider this stragey a win for football fans.

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