The National Football League's orbit has expanded so astronomically that it will elbow The Big Bang Theory from Thursday to Monday for several weeks this fall.
Thursday Night Football premieres Sept. 11 on CBS with its lead broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The games will be simulcast on the NFL Network, which takes over the Thursday package at midseason with Nantz and Simms still in the booth.
After the high-flying Atlanta Falcons plummeted from a 13—3 record in 2012 to 4—12 last season, it would have been easy to lie low ahead of the 2014 campaign. Instead, the HBO reality series Hard Knocks is following the Falcons into training camp for much more than a bird's-eye view (premiering Tuesday, at 10/9c). "The story this year," says producer Ken Rodgers of NFL Films, "is the story we tell all of our children: It doesn't matter how you get knocked down; what matters is how you get back up."
Wind resistance will be a breeze for female ski jumpers compared with the pushback they encountered trying to get into the Olympics. Although men have been flying down steep slopes at the Games since the first Winter Olympics in 1924, women were grounded — until the Sochi Games.
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics logo
Most Americans would be hard-pressed to locate Sochi, Russia, on a map. But the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics will be easy to find on their screens this month.
New Jersey's Metlife Stadium has been called "The House That Eli Built" after the New York Giants' Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Eli Manning. His brother Peyton may wish it had been built with a roof.
Snow, sleet and glacial temperatures are polar possibilities when Peyton leads the Denver Broncos into Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks on...
Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles
The Bowl Championship Series is headed for a big finish in the final title game before the new playoff format begins next year. No. 1 Florida State, undefeated and rarely challenged this season, takes on Auburn, which went from unranked to unreal. Fresh off the miracle plays that shocked Georgia and Alabama, the second-ranked Tigers (12-1) amassed 545 rushing yards against Missouri to win the Southeastern Conference Championship game, with Tre Mason accounting for 304 yards.
League of Denial
The PBS investigative series Frontline tackles the NFL's stance on football and brain damage in Tuesday's episode, "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis." "What did the NFL know, and when did they know it?" asks Mark Fainaru-Wada, whose just-released book on the subject (coauthored with brother Steve Fainaru) is the basis for the documentary. "It's really powerful to see the depths to which some of the greatest football players have been suffering."
Before he could become a big hit with the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning had to take a big hit. The veteran quarterback — who missed all of last season with the Indianapolis Colts due to a neck injury that weakened his throwing arm — was slammed to the ground during an August preseason game. Manning picked himself up, much to the relief of his new fans in Denver. "I've never heard a crowd cheer for an...
After fighting for years to get into the Olympics, female boxers will at last enter the ring at the London Games. "We just broke down that last barrier, that [final] guy-only sport," says U.S. flyweight Marlen Esparza, 23. NBC analyst Laila Ali, who followed father Muhammad Ali, a 1960 gold medalist, into pro boxing, says she never competed as an amateur because women couldn't aspire to the Olympics. "I'm just happy to see it now," she says. "Eventually it'll just keep growing."
The quick reflexes, strategic thinking and endurance of an Olympic athlete will also serve fans well as NBCUniversal offers an astounding 5,535 hours of coverage of the 2012 London Games. Every minute of all 302 events in 32 sports will be shown live in the United States for the first time. "We think it's important to have that instant gratification and immediacy for those avid fans," says Mark Lazarus, the NBC Sports Group chairman who made the call to provide live streaming online of even the most popular events.
Following the action can mean...