On Sunday, November 28, “The NFL on CBS” will celebrate a major television milestone, when it broadcasts its 5,000th NFL football game.
Gus Johnson (read The SportsNewser Interview with Johnson here) and Steve Tasker will call the game between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.
The first “NFL on CBS” game saw the Pittsburgh Steelers crush the Washington Redskins 30-13 in Pittsburgh. That game was broadcast September 30, 1956, with Jim Gibbons and Arch McDonald calling the game for the Redskins audience, and Joe Tucker and Bob Prince calling it for Steelers viewers.
The NFL has been a staple of CBS programming since that game, save for a four-year break from 1994-1998. All told, “The NFL on CBS” has been televising the game for 51 years, an amazing feat by today’s standards.
“When you think of all the television firsts and the great broadcasters that have called all those games for CBS Sports, it is a tremendous contribution to sports television history,” said CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus, in a statement. “We are extremely proud to be broadcasting our 5,000th NFL game. And we look forward to broadcasting our next 5,000.”
More information, including CBS Sports’ Thanksgiving Day plans, after the jump.