NBC & Fox will broadcast games simultaneously (Business Sports Journal)




Morning BuzzFox, NBC to simulcast USFL's debut game By John Ourand1.25.2022 Two competing TV networks, Fox and NBC, will simulcast the USFL’s first game on April 16. The networks say that this game will mark the first scheduled competition to air on competing broadcast networks since Super Bowl I, which was 55 years ago. In '07, CBS, NBC and NFL Network all carried the season ending Patriots-Giants game, but the decision to simulcast that game came just days before kickoff.

The Saturday night, primetime game between the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions will be played at Protective Stadium in Birmingham starting at 7:30pm ET. NBC Sports will produce pregame, halftime and postgame shows; Fox Sports will handle the game coverage. The same commercials will run across both networks. Fox and NBC each have multiyear deals with the USFL, with NBC carrying 22 games this year (nine on NBC, nine on USA, four on Peacock) and Fox also carrying 22 (14 on Fox, eight on FS1). The nets chose to simulcast the game because Saturday nights on broadcast are generally low-rated, and this is a way to jump start a new league in which both networks are invested.


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