NFL GameDay First—Melissa Stark (host), Sterling Sharpe (analyst), Shaun O’Hara (analysts), rotating guests
Airing: 7:00-9:00 a.m. ET, Sundays
NFL GameDay Morning—Rich Eisen (host), Marshall Faulk (analyst), Michael Irvin (analyst), Steve Mariucci (analyst), Warren Sapp (analyst), Kurt Warner (analyst). The game reporters are Michelle Beisner, Albert Breer, Steve Cyphers, Stacey Dales, Jeff Darlington, Kimberly Jones, Aditi Kinkhabwala and Ian Rapoport.
Airing: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET, Sundays
NFL Total Access Kickoff—Eisen (host), Mariucci (analyst), Faulk (analyst), Irvin (analyst), Sanders (analyst), Stacey Dales (reporter).
Airing: 6:00 p.m. ET, Thursdays
Given it is a 24/7 network, NFL Network has a ton of daily studio programming. Among the notable ones:
NFL Total Access—Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis (hosts), Brian Billick (analyst), Heath Evans (analyst), Mariucci (analyst), Willie McGinest (analyst), Sapp (analyst), Darren Sharper (analyst), Michael Silver (analyst), LaDainian Tomlinson (analyst), Warner (analyst). The reporters are Judy Battista, Beisner, Breer, Dales, Jeff Darlington, Jones, Kinkhabwala, Rapoport and Silver.
Airing: 7:00 p.m. ET, Mondays; 8:00 p.m. ET, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; after Thursday Night Football, Thursdays.
NFL AM—Nicole Zaloumis (main host), Paul Burmeister (host), Molly Qerim (host), LaVar Arrington (analyst), Eric Davis (analyst), Terrell Davis (analyst), Jeff Garcia (analyst), Mark Kriegel (analyst), Steve Wyche (analyst).
Airing: 6:00 a.m. ET (re-airs 10:00 a.m. ET)
NFL Fantasy Live—Staffing includes Michael Fabiano, Elliot Harrison, Adam Rank, Dave Dameshek, Jason Smith, Matt Smith, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Jamie Maggio.
Airing: 5:00 p.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET (NFL RedZone)
• NFL GameDay First was renamed from First on the Field and also switched some talent staffing. O’Hara, the former Giants offensive lineman, replaced Tomlinson on the show. Former insider Michael Lombardi left the show for a management job with the Browns.
• The network continues to be aggressive by hiring experienced NFL writers. The latest are Silver, a former SI colleague, and Battista, a longtime New York Times reporter. Both are excellent hires.
• Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand reported that NFL Network lost around 12 percent of its production staff in recent months, with around 15 full-time staffers bolting for FOX Sports 1. Another 10 to 15 permanent freelancers also left for FOX Sports 1, according to Ourand.
• NFL Total Access moves to 8 p.m. ET on four different days and brings in Hellie, a popular sportscaster from Washington D.C., as the show’s host.
• Asked what separates his network from the rest of the networks, NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger said, “I’d have to start with our talent. We try to be very strategic with our hiring. We have been around for a little while now. We do six hours on Sunday morning. We think that is an immediate difference and an immediate choice for the fans. At 7 a.m., we have a group of talent. We have a group of talent at 9 a.m. This is a very position-specific sport. As far as content, this is all we do, all we focus on. I think it is a differentiator for the viewer when they are watching the network.”
• Dean Blandino, NFL’s vice president of officiating, will appear on Total Access every Tuesday.
• NFLN will still get the jump on all the other networks every Sunday with GameDay First, a show that airs (and this is not a misprint) at 7 a.m. ET. It’s the first live pregame show to originate from NFL Films, in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and will feature live reports from game sites.
• Inexplicably, Irvin continues to get primetime assignments.
• The pursuit of Brett Favre. The former Packers quarterback appeared on NFL Network during Super Bowl week and has an open invitation to appear on the network. “I am trying all the time,” Weinberger said. “He likes his life, but we will always find ways to bring him on … When it feels right for him, he will do it.” Weinberger said he would like Favre to have a permanent role but added “it’s not going to happen right now.”
The MMQB: How aggressive are you covering the concussion issue in the NFL?
Weinberger: We are not running from it. We are trying to educate the fan with what the mission is: To make the sport safer. We are handling it dead on.