For just the second time in the program’s 32 year history, ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” will travel for a remote broadcast. This Sunday, December 17th, the pregame show will take place live from Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 in Pittsburgh. The restaurant is near Heinz Field which will host one of the biggest games of the NFL season as the AFC heavyweights, Patriots and Steelers matchup.
“This is a unique opportunity to bring our signature NFL pregame show on the road for the game of the year,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer, NFL studio shows. “Pittsburgh is a great NFL city filled with passionate fans, and the atmosphere surrounding this game is going to have a playoff feel to it.”
“Sunday NFL Countdown” will broadcast from Pittsburgh in its usual timeslot (10am – 1pm ET). Hosted by Sam Ponder, along with analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson, the show is expected to include special guests on-set.
Being that the program will be live from Jerome Bettis’ restaurant, it will be interesting to see if he appears as a guest on the show. Bettis, the former ESPN employee, was let go as part of the layoffs this past spring. Bettis joined ESPN as an analyst in 2013, contributing to “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter.”
After 30 years of never leaving the studio, “Sunday NFL Countdown” has now hit the road in back to back seasons. Last year the program traveled to Mexico City for ESPN’s Monday night game on Nov. 21 between the Texans and Raiders.