Since 2006, the NFL has split broadcast rights of the game’s biggest stage with FOX, NBC and CBS. On February 3rd, Jim Nantz will be calling his fifth Super Bowl for CBS alongside 2nd year color analyst Tony Romo. Contractually, this current rotation is set to continue through the 2022 campaign.
Given the direction of home entertainment, it would be reasonable to think streaming services will be a big player in the NFL’s next broadcast negotiations. While that might be true, rumors indicate another traditional network wants back in the Super Bowl mix.
As first reported by the New York Post, Disney officials are making a push for the game to return to ABC. At the moment, the NFL has a contract with the media giant to keep Monday Night Football on Disney’s ESPN through 2021. A new deal including ABC in the Super Bowl rotation could mean Sunday games for the network as well.
Super Bowl XL was the last game on the ABC airwaves, in which the Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10. Al Michaels shared the call with John Madden.