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The NFL on TNT: What to Expect
Posted: Thu August 21, 1997 at 7:09 PM ET
WHAT: TNT's eighth season of NFL coverage with nine regular season games. Pro Football Tonight, airs at 7 p.m. (ET) prior to, at halftime, and for 45 minutes immediately following each game.
WHEN: TNT kicks off the '97 season with a two-hour live special edition of Pro Football Tonight on Saturday, August 30 at 8 p.m. (ET).
TNT'S LINEUP: Verne Lundquist, Pat Haden and Mark May are the game announcers. Craig Sager is the sideline reporter, while Bryan Burwell offers reports and commentary from around the league. Vince Cellini and former Pro Bowlers Keith Jackson and Sean Jones host Pro Football Tonight.
All games 8 p.m. ET
Sunday, August 31 24 - Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers - 10 Sunday, September 7 22 - Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals - 25 Sunday, September 14 24 - New York Jets at New England Patriots - 27 Sunday, September 21 21 - Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 31 Sunday, September 28 19 - Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikingsi - 28 Sunday, October 5 20 - New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears - 17 Sunday, October 12 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, October 16 San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, October 26 Atlanta Falcons at Carolina PanthersWHAT'S NEW: On-air graphics include down, distance and penalty flag on the network bug. TNT debuts Axess, a multipurpose, 3-D graphic device that TNT originally used during its 1995-96 NBA coverage.
Pro Football Tonight uses live virtual 3-D technology, enabling the studio announcers to interact with graphics. The technology, a sports TV first, was used on TNT's Inside The NBA series for the 1996-97 season.
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