By KEVIN COOKDEN The last time the NFL announced its champion, it was a Sunday.
So when ESPN analyst Jon Gruden called the NFL’s championship game for the third time this year, it seemed like the perfect time to give fans a clue about what the game might be like next year.
Gruden’s first prediction was a tie between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.
But the second prediction came on a Thursday night, with the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots all set to take on each other.
And it’s not just a Sunday night game.
The Super Bowl will take place on January 7 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The game will be televised on Fox.
Gruden said he was still hoping to see the Patriots win.
“I just think the Broncos and Patriots are a really good football team, and I think they have a chance to win,” he said.
“If they win, I think it’s a tie, but I don’t think it will be a tie.”
The next Super Sunday?
The next Sunday game will take the place of the Monday night game, as the league announced in May that the regular-season game will air on NBC in February 2019.
It will be the first game to air on a network other than ESPN in almost 20 years.
The last time it aired on NBC was in 2000, when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in four years.ESPN will be holding the game in New Orleans, but the Super Bowl won’t take place there.
The network will also air the game live on CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC, ESPN and TBS.
The first game in this new format will be broadcast live on Thursday, January 5 at 10 p.m.
ET on CBS.
The games will be played in a dome on the west coast, as opposed to the east coast, and they will be held in a place that is not considered a football town like Denver or Seattle.
There will be no home field advantage.
“This is the most exciting Super Bowl of all time,” said Gruden, who has been an analyst for ESPN for 11 seasons.
“This is what football should be.
This is what I have always wanted the Super Games to be.”
Ahead of the Super Sunday, ESPN has released a special “Slam Dunk” segment featuring a variety of Super Bowl-caliber players.
The segment is available on ESPN.com and on social media through ESPN and Twitter, including using #SlamDunk.
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