Super Bowl 52 is set with the New England Patriots taking on the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The game will be covered on NBC.
Of course, with such a high stakes game, coverage will begin early in the day.
On Monday, NBC sent out a release to announce its on-air team for the daylong coverage which begins at noon ET. When the game finally rolls around, it will be called by the familiar duo of Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
It’s the tenth year Michaels has called a Super Bowl, while Collinsworth and Tafoya are working their fourth.
The pre-game coverage will feature a number of familiar faces including Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Randy Moss and even an appearance from former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is making his NBC contributor debut.
From the release:
Dan Patrick will host the Super Bowl LII pre-game show alongside co-host Liam McHugh, who will be joined by NBC Football Night in America teammates Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio and Chris Simms. Paul Burmeister, Kathryn Tappen and Randy Moss also will appear on the pre-game coverage. Burmeister and Moss will report from the Patriots’ and Eagles’ hotels, while Tappen will be on location from the NFL Tailgate Party. Motorsports icon and two-time Daytona 500 winning driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make his NBC debut as a contributor on the network’s pre-game coverage of Super Bowl LII.
A surprising absence from the coverage team is Bob Costas, which has led some to speculate whether his critical comments of the league during the national anthem controversy played a part in NBC’s decision to keep him off the broadcast.
Regardless, the show must go on.
“I have the honor of broadcasting this, my fourth Super Bowl, and New England has been in all four. An amazing organization continues this amazing run. My first Super Bowl in the booth (Super Bowl XXXIX) was also Philadelphia-New England. The Pats look the same, the Eagles very different,” Collinsworth said in a statement.
Kickoff for Super Bowl 52 is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.