Fox NFL Sunday Team Going Remote Over COVID-19 Concerns

by Matthew Wilson

Fox is shaking up its Sunday NFL broadcasting team for today’s (Nov. 22) pregame shows. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the broadcast network is subbing out its usual staff. It’s also going remote with a few broadcasters still in the studio.

Typically, Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, and Michael Strahan host Fox’s NFL Kickoff and NFL Sunday pregame shows. The trio of broadcasters provides their expertise and commentary on the game and matchups. Instead, Chris Myers will host and be joined by analysts Charles Woodson and Reggie Bush in the studio.

“In accordance with CDC guidance, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health safety guidelines — and out of an abundance of caution for our team — Sunday’s FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame shows from our Los Angeles studio will not include their regular casts,” Fox said in a statement.

Fox continued, “Filling in as host for both shows will be Chris Myers with analysts Charles Woodson and Reggie Bush in studio. While members of the FOX NFL SUNDAY cast will appear via remote. We look forward to the return of both casts to their regular posts soon.”

Fox didn’t provide a specific reason for the change-up to their broadcasting team, except for “an abundance of caution” related to the virus. This wasn’t the first time that Fox made such a decision. According to The Spun, the network replaced its college football broadcasting crew earlier in the year. Host Urban Meyer announced he tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after the exchange.

NFL Has Faced a Difficult Year with COVID-19

Despite protocols and regulations designed to prevent the spread of the virus, the NFL has experienced several outbreaks of COVID-19. Recently, the Dallas Cowboys quarantined members of its staff and coaches after playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. A Steelers player tested positive for the virus after the match-up.

Similarly, the Denver Bronco’s general manager John Elway contracted the virus and had to quarantine himself. Recently, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called out the league for what he believes is ineffective social distancing protocols.