Super Bowl Kickoff Time 2013: Breaking Down CBS' Lineup in Lead-Up to Big Game
Super Bowl Sunday might as well be a holiday. After all, most people are off of work and celebrating football from start to finish all day.
In preparation for an entire day of championship festivities, CBS has announced its lineup for Sunday, which will begin around 1 p.m. ET and run through kickoff of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Here we'll get you set for Sunday's CBS lineup with a breakdown of the day's schedule.
Sunday, 1-2 p.m. ET, Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition
Introduced by Phil Simms in 1999, the All-Iron Team honors NFL players and coaches. This one-hour-long special, which has been dubbed the Super Bowl edition, should help get football fans warmed up for the main event and educate them on some of game's greats.
If Simms doesn't interest you, though, you have the option to flip over to ESPN to catch the final hour of Sunday NFL Countdown. The four-hour special will begin at 10 a.m. ET and conclude at 2 p.m.
Sunday, 2-6 p.m. ET, The Super Bowl Today
In a special and final edition of The NFL Today, host James Brown and analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and Shannon Sharpe will break down all the Super Bowl storylines and along the way bring fans a handful of interviews and stories with and about some of the game's top stars.
If you're a Ravens or 49ers fan, or just an NFL diehard, you could potentially soak in eight hours of pregame talk if you begin with Sunday NFL Countdown at 10 a.m. and go all the way to the conclusion of The Super Bowl Today at 6 p.m. ET.
CBS' four-hour pregame promises to deliver plenty of team reports, sights and sounds from New Orleans as well as some solid opinion from the station's analysts.
Sunday, 6-6:30 p.m. ET, Super Bowl Kickoff Show
What do you think of the Super Bowl kickoff show?
When the clock strikes 6 p.m. ET, football fans will have about 30 minutes to warm up their nachos, put their beers on ice and finalize the seating arrangements in their living rooms.
If you've already taken care of all that, you can relax and take in the final moments leading up to kickoff. CBS will broadcast a special Super Bowl Kickoff Show from 6-6:30 p.m. that is sure to feature more commercials than relevant football conversation.
Still, there's no sense in changing the channel or looking to your favorite HBO series on demand just minutes before kickoff.
At this point, it's time to put the remote down and focus.
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ET, Super Bowl XLVII
At roughly 6:30 p.m. ET, the talk and two weeks of nonstop hype will come to an end and the big game will begin with the national anthem (which will be sung by Alicia Keys), coin toss and of course the much-anticipated kickoff (featuring countless flush bulbs).
CBS will broadcast Super Bowl XLVII while CBSSports.com will offer fans the opportunity to stream the entire game live online, allowing them to change camera angles, see Beyonce live during the halftime show and watch commercials on demand.
If you have smart phone, laptop or tablet then you can do both. But you're going to need to free up a hand at some point for food and beverage.
At 6:30 p.m. ET commentators Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will take you through all four quarters and into the lengthy postgame celebration, which is sure to spill over to ESPN and SportsCenter for many later in the night.
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