NFC South: Ron Pitts

Southern exposure for Week 2

September, 12, 2012
Since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing on the road Sunday, we don’t have to wait for the Thursday afternoon deadline to find out if their game will be televised locally.

Let’s turn to for our weekly look at which markets the NFC South games will be available in.

The Bucs’ 1 p.m. ET game will air live in the Tampa Bay area and throughout almost all of Florida. It also will get play in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, half of Pennsylvania and good chunks of Nevada and California. The game will be carried by FOX with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as the announcers.

The game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers will be played at the same time. That game will be carried throughout the Southeastern states (except for Florida) and right over to the Texas border. The FOX crew for that game is Ron Pitts and Mike Martz.

The Atlanta Falcons will have the largest exposure of any NFC South team in Week 2. That’s because they’ll be hosting Denver in the Monday night contest, and that game will go out to a national and international audience on ESPN. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be the announcers.

Southern exposure for Week 1

September, 7, 2012
After a turbulent offseason, the New Orleans Saints will remain in the spotlight in the first week of the NFL season.

Their 1 p.m. ET game on FOX, with Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston in the booth, will be televised throughout most of the nation.

Let’s turn to for a look at what markets Sunday’s NFC South games will be shown in.

The Saints and Redskins will be shown in the vast majority of markets. The few exceptions are markets that will air a game that features a local team. One of those will be the Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs. That game also will be on FOX with Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick as the announcers. The Atlanta game will air throughout Georgia and Missouri. Other than that, it will be pretty much limited to Colorado and Kansas.

The late-afternoon game between Carolina and Tampa Bay (on FOX with Ron Pitts and Mike Martz) won’t get wide exposure. Since it didn’t sell out, the game will be blacked out in the Tampa Bay area. It will air in the Carolinas, Georgia, parts of Louisiana and a couple of isolated pockets of Florida. The game between San Francisco and Green Bay will air in the majority of the country during that time slot.