In an interesting twist, Fox Sports will broadcast all three Florida NFL teams games for the opening Sunday of the 2018 season. And the network has made official which announcer crews will be on which games that will involve the Bucs, the Dolphins and the Jaguars.
First, Fox is the typical Sunday home for Buccaneers games and they are to begin this season.
However, Jacksonville, an AFC team that would typically have games on CBS, is playing in New York against the Giants and Fox has taken that game in a “flex deal.” So, too, is the Dolphins vs. Titans game, both AFC teams, going to go to Fox in agreement with the league and with CBS.
That agreement says, if there are fewer major market games for one of the networks, then they can grab an occasional game from the other network.
And Fox is choosing to do that right away, with Jacksonville’s playoff success and the New York TV market. Then, the Miami television market and the fact that Marcus Mariota and the Titans were a playoff team a year ago made those games on paper more appealing.
So the teams in the booth will be as follows:
Chris Myers (shown above), who’s working the Bucs preseason broadcasts again this year, will be on play by play with his partner/analyst and former Cowboys Super Bowl champion Daryl “Moose” Johnston. And, they will work the Tampa Bay opener against the Saints in New Orleans.
And in the special circumstance “flex game” of two AFC teams for week one will have veteran New York and Fox broadcaster Sam Rosen on the play by play mic for Miami/Tennessee. He’s with former Vikings and, briefly Dolphins Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, as the analyst.
There is a possibility that CBS could end up televising all three team’s games as well, later in the year. On October 21st, the Bucs host the Browns and the Jaguars host the Texans, which are both on the docket for CBS, as an AFC team is the road team.
However, the Dolphins are hosting an NFC team that weekend, the Lions, and that should be a Fox game. Still, there could be other flex scheduling in play and that game could still end up on CBS to be determined later.
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