Everything you need to know for the endless string of pregame shows and performances leading up to kickoff of Super Bowl 50.
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Super Bowl Sunday has taken on a life of its own in recent years, with the actual game representing a mere blip on the jam-packed schedule for the big day.
While the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers won”t officially kick off Super 50 until 6:30 p.m. ET, you can get your fill of the endless pregame coverage starting bright and early at 7 a.m. ET. That”s when the NFL Network is showing a two-hour special called Super Bowl”s Greatest Commercials. Directly following that show is a massive 8-1/2 hour edition of NFL GameDay Morning from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., featuring a bevy of analysts, hosts and reporters to get you ready for the game.
ESPN starts its pregame programming at 8:30 a.m. ET with a re-airing of NFL Matchup, followed by a live edition of The Sports Reporters at Marina Green in San Francisco. The meat of its coverage begins at 10 a.m. ET with NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition, hosted by Trey Wingo and featuring Bill Polian, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter for a one-hour breakdown of the news and notes surrounding the game. ESPN”s official pregame show, Postseason NFL Countdown, runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and gives you everything you need to know for Super Bowl 50.
As the game broadcaster, CBS has the most extensive list of pregame shows. The network has a full seven hours of content scheduled leading into the game, beginning at 11 a.m. with two one-hour specials produced by NFL Films — Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros and Road to the Super Bowl — and then a presentation of Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition. CBS then kicks off its live four-hour pregame extravaganza at 2 p.m., The Super Bowl Today, a mega version of the show hosted by James Brown that airs every Sunday during the regular season.
That leads into the official broadcast of the game, starting with Super Bowl on CBS Kickoff Show at 6 p.m. ET, featuring all of the traditional pregame grandeur, including the singing of the national anthem and player introductions. Finally, at 6:30 p.m. ET, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms step up to the microphone to call the action on the gridiron between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, while Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn will report from the sidelines.
For the musically inclined, there are several acts lined up in the Bay Area to get you ready for the game. Performing at the City Stage in San Francisco on Sunday will be the Latin Youth Jazz Ensemble (3 p.m. ET), John Brothers Piano Company (3:45 p.m. ET) and the Glide Ensemble (5 p.m. ET).
The headliners for the Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party held in the afternoon at Levi”s Stadium are veteran singer-songwriter Seal and country artist Sam Hunt. Both of those performances will be televised on CBS as part of aforementioned pregame show The Super Bowl Today. And, of course, Lady Gaga will show her American pride and take center stage on the turf just before kickoff for her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
If you can”t get to a television on Sunday afternoon, you can also stream all the official pregame festivities online at the various websites of the networks, including Watch NFL Network, Watch ESPN and CBS Sports.
All times Eastern
Live Musical Performances
City Stage (San Francisco)
3 p.m. — Latin Youth Jazz Ensemble
3:45 p.m. — John Brothers Piano Company
5 p.m. — Glide Ensemble
Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party (Levi”s Stadium)
TBA — Seal
TBA — Sam Hunt
Online: CBS Sports
11 a.m.: Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros
Noon: Road to the Super Bowl
1 p.m.: Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition
2-6 p.m.: The Super Bowl Today
6-6:30 p.m.: Super Bowl on CBS Kickoff Show
Online: Watch NFL Network
7-9 a.m. — Super Bowl Commercials 2016
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: GameDay Morning Live
Online: Watch ESPN
8:30-9 a.m.: NFL Matchup
9:30-10 a.m.: The Sports Reporters
10-11 a.m.: NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Postseason NFL Countdown
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