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PR: NBC Sports Announces Commentators For Inaugural USFL Season

Jac Collinsworth and Paul Burmeister to Handle Play-by-Play

Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett, Former NFL Fullback Michael Robinson and Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan to Serve as Analysts

Corey Robinson & Zora Stephenson Will Report from Sidelines

Sara Perlman to Host Halftime and Post-Game Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn., – April 12, 2022 – NBC Sports today announced its commentators for the inaugural USFL season, which kicks off this Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET between the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions on NBC, Peacock and FOX from Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.

NBC Sports’ Jac Collinsworth and Paul Burmeister will handle play-by-play duties. Collinsworth’s wide-ranging assignments at NBC Sports have included NBC’s Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show, co-hosting Football Night in America from on location at the Sunday Night Football site, hosting Notre Dame football coverage, and play-by-play commentary for Atlantic 10 basketball. Burmeister, a former Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback, has handled play-by-play duties for NBC Sports’ coverage of Notre Dame Football, the All-American Bowl, and Atlantic 10 basketball. Burmeister is also the radio play-by-play voice of Notre Dame Football.

Analysts include former Dallas Cowboys head coach and NFL quarterback Jason Garrett, former NFL fullback and NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson and New Orleans Saints defensive end and seven-time Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan.

Garrett, who served as the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons, amassed an 85-67 record over 10 seasons as the Cowboys’ head coach, including three NFC East division titles and three trips to the NFL Playoffs. A 13-year NFL veteran who currently serves as an NFL Network analyst, Robinson won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2011 before retiring following the 2013 season. Jordan has 107 career sacks, the second-most in Saints history (since 1982), and has 12-plus sacks in four of the past five seasons.

NBC Sports’ sideline reporters for the 2022 USFL season are Zora Stephenson, who also served as an NBC Olympics reporter and contributor for the Beijing Olympics, worked as a sideline reporter for NBC Sports’ ‘Truth and Service Classic’ HBCU football game, and is a sideline reporter for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and Corey Robinson, an NBC Sports host and reporter and former Notre Dame wide receiver. NBC Sports’ Sara Perlman will host halftime, and post-game coverage.

NBC Sports and FOX Sports, the USFL’s official media partners, will combine to present all 43 games live this inaugural season. For the 2022 USFL season, NBC Sports will present 22 games on NBC (9), USA Network (9), and Peacock (4), which will also stream all games broadcast on NBC. FOX Sports will carry 22 games split between FOX (14) and FS1 (8). The combined regular-season coverage on NBC and FOX will give the USFL 22 broadcast windows, more than any regularly scheduled sport in the first half of 2022.

The USFL inaugural kickoff game on April 16 between the New Jersey Generals and the Birmingham Stallions will be presented live on FOX, NBC, and Peacock at 7:30 p.m. ET. It is the first scheduled sports competition to air at the same time on two competitive networks since Super Bowl I broadcasted on NBC and CBS, January 15, 1967. (NOTE: A December 29, 2007 NFL game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants was broadcast on CBS, NBC and NFL Network, in a scheduling adjustment that was made in the days leading up to the game.)

For this historic game, NBC Sports will provide pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage which will air on both networks, utilizing its on-air, production, and technical personnel. FOX Sports will produce the game coverage, which both networks will carry, using its broadcasters, production, and technical staff, and the same commercials will run on each network throughout the broadcast.


(Schedule subject to change)

1New Jersey at BirminghamSaturday, 4/167:30 p.m.NBC, Peacock, FOX
1Houston at MichiganSunday, 4/17NoonNBC, Peacock
1Philadelphia at New OrleansSunday, 4/174 p.m.USA Network
1Tampa Bay at PittsburghSunday, 4/178 p.m.FS1
2Michigan at New JerseyFriday, 4/228 p.m.USA Network
2Pittsburgh at PhiladelphiaSaturday, 4/23NoonFOX
2Birmingham at HoustonSaturday, 4/237 p.m.FS1
2New Orleans at Tampa BaySunday, 4/243 p.m.NBC, Peacock
3Tampa Bay at HoustonSaturday, 4/304 p.m.FOX
3Pittsburgh at MichiganSaturday, 4/308 p.m.FOX
3Birmingham at New OrleansSunday, 5/12:30 p.m.USA Network
3New Jersey at PhiladelphiaSunday, 5/18 p.m.Peacock

WEEK 4 (May 6-8)

New Jersey Generals at Pittsburgh Maulers

Houston Gamblers at New Orleans Breakers

Philadelphia Stars at Michigan Panthers

Tampa Bay Bandits at Birmingham Stallions

WEEK 5 (May 13-15)

Birmingham Stallions at Philadelphia Stars

Michigan Panthers at Tampa Bay Bandits

New Orleans Breakers at New Jersey Generals

Pittsburgh Maulers at Houston Gamblers

WEEK 6 (May 21-22)

Houston Gamblers at New Jersey Generals

Michigan Panthers at Birmingham Stallions

Pittsburgh Maulers at New Orleans Breakers

Tampa Bay Bandits at Philadelphia Stars

WEEK 7 (May 28-29)

Birmingham Stallions at Pittsburgh Maulers

New Jersey Generals at Tampa Bay Bandits

New Orleans Breakers at Michigan Panthers

Philadelphia Stars at Houston Gamblers

WEEK 8 (June 3-5)

Houston Gamblers at Tampa Bay Bandits

Michigan Panthers at Philadelphia Stars

New Orleans Breakers at Birmingham Stallions

Pittsburgh Maulers at New Jersey Generals

WEEK 9 (June 11-12)

Houston Gamblers at Birmingham Stallions

New Jersey Generals at Michigan Panthers

Philadelphia Stars at Pittsburgh Maulers

Tampa Bay Bandits at New Orleans Breakers

WEEK 10 (June 18-19)

Birmingham Stallions at Tampa Bay Bandits

Michigan Panthers at Pittsburgh Maulers

New Orleans Breakers at Houston Gamblers

Philadelphia Stars at New Jersey Generals

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