Thursday, January 22, 2009
And you thought adding Matt Millen would mean there were still too many people on the set. Tsk tsk. NBC announced this evening that ex-Coaches, Mike Holmgren and Tony Dungy, will be joining their studio coverage for Super Bowl XLIII, which starts at Noon on February 1st. Via NBC PR....
NEW YORK – January 22, 2009 – Tony Dungy and Mike Holmgren, who as NFL head coaches combined to win two Super Bowl rings and reach four Super Bowls, will join NBC's pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLIII, which begins at 12 noon, ET on Sunday, Feb. 1. The announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics and Executive Producer of NBC's Super Bowl broadcast.Ugh. I think Dungy and Holmgren are fine individuals, as well as Coaches, but the number of people involved with this broadcast is going to be staggering. By my count you're looking at a total of thirteen different people on-air, by the time the game finishes up that Sunday night. That's just waaaaaay, way too many.
"Over the past few years I've enjoyed getting to know Tony and Mike through numerous production meetings and have been impressed by the way they handled themselves not only as coaches and communicators but also as men," said Ebersol. "What I learned is that in addition to their obvious Super Bowl credentials, Mike and Tony share extraordinary storytelling ability. We're excited to have them make their broadcast debuts with us. I'm sure viewers will enjoy their unique perspective and insights as Super Bowl coaches."