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Inside the NFL is a weekly sports show that focuses on the National Football League. It originally aired on HBO from 1977 through 2008 (following Super Bowl XLII). HBO announced that the show would end its run on its network, and the program was later picked up by the Showtime cable network. Each NFL season, the program airs weekly beginning the first week of NFL season until the week after the Super Bowl. The show principally features highlights of the past week's games that were captured by NFL Films, in addition to commentary and analysis by the hosts, and occasional interviews with current and former NFL players and personnel.

History

Inside the NFL first aired in 1977 and was cable television's longest running series. The show was significant for being the first major sports-related program to air on the then relatively new HBO network. Perhaps more significant was the fact that it was the first NFL-related program to air on cable. The original hosts were Al Meltzer and Chuck Bednarik.

1978–2001

In 1978, Pro Football Hall of Famemarker quarterback Len Dawson joined the program (replacing Chuck Bednarik) as Merle Harmon subsequently replaced Al Meltzer. In 1980, Merle Harmon left as Len Dawson was joined by fellow Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti. In 1989, Cris Collinsworth joined as an on-air reporter. In 1990, Cris Collinsworth joined Dawson and Buoniconti as the third host. Several former players and coaches served as co-host throughout this period including Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Glanville.

End of the Dawson–Buoniconti era

Beginning with the 2002 NFL season, the network replaced the aging Dawson and Buoniconti. So, from the 2002–2007 seasons, it was hosted by Bob Costas with former players Dan Marino, Cris Collinsworth, and Cris Carter serving as co-hosts. Bob Costas acknowledged this change in the season's first episode and paid tribute to the former hosts, saying they paved the way for the show to succeed. In addition to the change in hosts, Inside the NFL also featured segments featuring comics such as George Lopez, Jim Florentine, Lewis Black and Wanda Sykes.

During the last three weeks of the 2005 NFL season, Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel filled-in for Bob Costas. Costas was unavailable because he was in Turin, Italymarker preparing to cover the 2006 Winter Olympics for NBC.

In a special 30th anniversary episode which aired in December 2006, Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti were invited back to co-host the show.

Cancellation, rebirth, and move to Showtime

On February 6, 2008, HBO suddenly announced that the show would end its run after 31 seasons. HBO Sports cited increased competition in NFL-related programming since the show's inception as a reason for its cancellation. Skeptics however, believe that the real reason for HBO's decision to drop the show was due to the increasing cost for usage of the NFL Films produced highlights. In the final episode, a taped montage with highlights from the series' 31 seasons was aired. In addition, former hosts Dawson and Buoniconti did the final signoff as the credits rolled. Bob Costas soon regarded the cancellation by HBO as being a "boneheaded" move.

On June 3, 2008, CBS Sports and NFL Films announced that Inside the NFL has found a new home on CBS Corporation-owned Showtime and will air on Wednesdays starting September 10 (9 p.m. ET/PT) on the cable channel. Inside the NFL aired every Wednesday throughout the 2008 NFL season through Wednesday, February 11, 2009. It is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. On July 6, it was announced that James Brown will host Inside the NFL, the role Bob Costas had on HBO. Brown will also be joined by lead CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms, retired former Defensive Player of the Year Warren Sapp and the returning Cris Collinsworth. Jenn Brown joined the team as the first female special correspondent on the show. Her main responsibility will be to do various features throughout the season. While Sapp was competing on Dancing with the Stars, former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current NFL Today analyst Bill Cowher along with former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theisman filled in.

Format

Much like other shows on pay-cable networks, Inside the NFL had the freedom to stray from the traditional network format for its program. While the basic elements were the same as any other sports recap show by featuring highlights of the weeks games and discussion of events around the league, the fact that there were no commercials allowed the panel to discuss subjects at length without the normal network time restrictions.

Highlights

The highlight segments consisted of NFL Films footage of the past week's games with narration by Harry Kalas (following Kalas' death in 2009, Scott Graham took over as the narrator). This had long been considered a major asset of the show as the game highlights usually exceed the typical 15–30 second token package seen on most major networks. This was the case at least until the NFL Network emerged during the 2003 season and aired shows such as the show Point After that showed extended highlight segments.

In the last few years of Inside the NFL, the show decreased its highlight segments, eliminating some low-profile games.

Interviews

Aside from the highlights, Inside the NFL always focused on in depth interview segments with various players, coaches and front office personnel. Among the notable segments over the years was Cris Carter interviewing former coach Buddy Ryan. Ryan was Carter's first head coach when both were with the Philadelphia Eagles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Ryan released Carter with his explanation being the infamous quote "All he does is catch touchdowns." The interview revealed what some had learned over the years, that Ryan released Carter because of his substance abuse problems that were affecting his performance. Carter admitted that his release was a wake-up call and saved his life as he became a born again Christian soon after, and went on to have a successful NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings in which he became the NFL's second leading receiver of all-time.

Production

HBO

The show was taped in a New York Citymarker studio on Wednesday and aired at various times throughout the week beginning Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Showtime

The show is taped at NFL Films' headquarters in Mount Laurel, NJmarker on Wednesdays and aired at various times throughout the week beginning Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

References

  1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/17/AR2008091700196.html
  2. "'Inside the NFL' ending 31-year run on HBO." Associated Press, 6 February 2008.
  3. HBO is denying that the show was killed to save money. According to ProFootballTalk.com, however, HBO was paying NFL Films a whopping $8 million a year for use of the highlights.
  4. Bob Costas calls HBO's axing of "Inside the NFL" a "boneheaded" move
  5. nfl.com/news/story
  6. sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/football/nfl/06/03/
  7. Jim Nantz is likely to replace Bob Costas as the 30-year HBO series becomes a production of CBS Sports.
  8. 2008-07-06-inside-nfl


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