As the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers prepare for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, fans will have no problem getting ready for the game. Come Sunday morning, the pregame programming gets started at 7 a.m. on both radio and television, and it will be running in full force all the way until the game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.
Here are some game-day planning notes you might find helpful in getting ready for the game.
At 7 a.m., the NFL Network begins 101Ú2 hours of live pregame programming from New Orleans. At 9 a.m., CBS Sports Network will join in the fun, while ESPN's "NFL Countdown" gets under way at 10?a.m.
Radio-wise, ESPN, Fox, CBS, NBC and Sirius-XM will be live from New Orleans starting at 7 a.m. and going strong until kickoff, and they will return for the postgame.
ESPN's pregame coverage stays on the air until 2 p.m. That is when CBS begins its "NFL Today" Super Bowl pregame show.
Locally, Comcast SportsNet will air "Ravens Kickoff" live Sunday at 5?p.m. with Chris Miller, analysts Brad Jackson and Antonio Freeman and reporters Brent Harris, Rob Carlin and J. Michael on hand from New Orleans. "Ravens Postgame Live" will air immediately after the game.
The Super Bowl itself can be heard on ESPN 980 and will be streamed live at CBSSports.com.
Producer Lance Barrow and director Mike Arnold will have 62 cameras to cover every possible angle of the game for CBS. Jim Nantz will call the game on TV with Phil Simms.
Asked whether he called the Super Bowl differently than other games, Nantz replied, "No, the game will develop its own storylines, and Phil and I will focus on them as they play out. The pace of the game is quick, so less becomes more, and often the pictures tell the story for us. So in the end, the real story will play out in front of us at the Superdome Sunday night, and we will get to tell it, and it does not get better than that."
Postgame shows will air on CBS Sports Network, NFL Network and ESPN immediately after the game ends.
Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.