FOX Sports & NBC Sports Partner to Broadcast All 43 Games in Inaugural Season
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.,March 8, 2022 – The new United States Football League (USFL) today announced its regular- and postseason television schedule. FOX Sports and NBC Sports, the League’s official media partners, will combine to present all 43 games live this inaugural season. There will be 18 primetime broadcasts, including the USFL Championship Game on Sunday, July 3 airing on FOX from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
NBC Sports and FOX Sports will each broadcast one semifinal game on Saturday, June 25, from Canton, with the first airing at 3:00 PM ET on FOX, and the second in primetime at 8:00 PM ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service.
The USFL inaugural kickoff game on April 16 begins at 7:30 PM ET (6:30 PM CT) at Birmingham’s Protective Stadium. The primetime matchup pits the New Jersey Generals against the Birmingham Stallions and will be presented live on FOX, NBC, and Peacock. 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. 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.
For the 2022 USFL season, FOX Sports will carry 22 games split between FOX (14) and FS1 (8), and NBC Sports will present 22 games on NBC (9), USA Network (9), and Peacock (4), which will also stream all games broadcast on NBC. 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. Each network will reveal its respective production details, including broadcast teams, later.
Yesterday, the USFL announced the regular-season team versus team matchups including confirmed dates and start times for Week 1 and Week 2. Broadcast specifics for the remaining weeks of the season will be announced on the Monday two-weeks prior (e.g., Week 3 specifics will be announced on Monday, April 18, Week 4 specifics on Monday, April 25, etc.).
USFL ON TV AT A GLANCE
Total Games – 43
Total Telecasts – 44
Simulcasts – 1
Primetime Games – 18
FOX & NBC Broadcasts – 23
FOX – 14
FS1 – 8
NBC & Peacock – 9
USA – 9
Peacock (exclusive) – 4
Friday Games – 4
Saturday Games – 19
Sunday Games – 20
About the USFL
The United States Football League (USFL) is a new, independent football league that is not affiliated with the defunct 1980s league or its owners. The inaugural USFL season will kick off April 16 with eight teams split into two divisions: the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and Tampa Bay Bandits in the South Division; and the Michigan Panthers, Pittsburgh Maulers, New Jersey Generals, and Philadelphia Stars in the North Division. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, followed by semifinals on June 25 between the top two teams in each division and a championship game on July 3 between division winners. The USFL will complete its inaugural Player Draft with a supplemental round on March 10. Players will report to training camps on March 22. Each USFL team will carry a 38-man active roster plus a seven-man practice squad, and players will receive base compensation in addition to being eligible for victory bonuses. NBC Sports and FOX Sports are the League’s official media partners and will broadcast all 43 regular- and postseason games on FOX, FS1, NBC, USA, or Peacock networks. Brian Woods is President of Football Operations, and former Dallas Cowboys standout and long-time NFL on FOX game analyst Daryl Johnston is Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating, and FOX Sports’ Edward Hartman is Executive Vice President of Business Operations. For more information, visit http://theUSFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
2022 USFL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
(Schedule subject to change)
WEEK MATCHUP DATE TIME NETWORK
1 New Jersey at Birmingham Saturday 4/16 7:30 PM ET *FOX & NBC & Peacock
1 Houston at Michigan Sunday 4/17 12:00 PM ET NBC & Peacock
1 Philadelphia at New Orleans Sunday 4/17 4:00 PM ET USA
1 Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh Sunday 4/17 8:00 PM ET FS1
2 Michigan at New Jersey Friday 4/22 8:00 PM ET USA
2 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia Saturday 4/23 12:00 PM ET FOX
2 Birmingham at Houston Saturday 4/23 7:00 PM ET FS1
2 New Orleans at Tampa Bay Sunday 4/24 3:00 PM ET NBC & Peacock