NBC, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app to provide extensive coverage of the 2018 Super Bowl
Super Bowl LII (aka Super Bowl 52) between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. The game will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET and also will be streamed online through NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Verizon also is hosting streams of Super Bowl LII through the Yahoo! Sports app, as part of a new digital rights deal with the NFL that began this season and in conjunction with the company’s recent acquisition of Yahoo!. As a result, this will be the first Super Bowl that will be available to viewers on all connected devices, regardless of network.
This will be the 19th time NBC has broadcast the Super Bowl, which will tie it with CBS for the most ever in the game’s 52-year history. NBC’s last Super Bowl broadcast was in 2015 when New England beat Seattle 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. In that game, the Seahawks' last drive featured a miraculous catch by wide receiver Jermake Kearse but then saw the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler intercept quarterback Russell Wilson at the one-yard line when Seattle opted to throw instead of handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch.
Play-by-play man Al Michaels and color analyst Cris Collinsworth will call their third Super Bowl together with Michele Tafoya serving as the sideline reporter. NBC’s pregame show will feature co-hosts Bob Costas and Dan Patrick with analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison.
The Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show will be headlined by GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar Justin Timberlake. This is Timberlake’s second appearance during Super Sunday’s halftime show, as the talented actor and musician was part of Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004 at NRG Stadium in Houston. That was when the world was introduced to the phrase "wardrobe malfunction," as an on-stage incident broadcast to hundreds of millions of people not only caused considerable controversy but also resulted in CBS being fined a record $550,000 by the FCC. The fine was challenged in federal court and ultimately voided.
The cost of a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LII averaged more than $5 million, according to published reports.