James Brown Back As Host As ‘Inside The NFL’ Returns To Showtime For Ninth Consecutive Year

Bryan Altman

Before the NFL kicks off its 97th season on Sept. 8th in Denver for a Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Broncos and the Panthers, one of the most important and high-profile shows covering all things football throughout the NFL season will be returning to Showtime for its 39th season and its ninth consecutive year on the network.

Today Showtime Sports announced the return of its “Inside The NFL” series to the network for the upcoming NFL season and also announced the return of show host James Brown, who is returning to the show after a two-year hiatus.

After hosting the first six years of the show for Showtime and earning four Sports Emmy Award nominations, Brown left to host CBS’ Thursday Night Football pregame show.

Adam Schein, host of CBS Sports’ “Time To Schein,” filled in in Brown’s absence as host and will continue appearing on the show as both a guest host and a regular contributor, according to the press release from Showtime.

The first episode will air on Sept. 6 and will air each week during the NFL season, concluding after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 with a final episode on Feb. 7, 2017.

Returning alongside Brown will be former NFL quarterbacks Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms, along with former NFL Wide Receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and current Jets wide receiver and six-time pro bowler, Brandon Marshall.

While Irvin will continue in his role as a part-time contributor, this will be Simms’ ninth year on the program, Esiason’s third and Marshall’s third.

Marshall is the only active player to appear on a weekly program and is the first to do so in the nearly 40-year history of “Inside The NFL.” He also received an Emmy nomination for his contributions to the show last season.

“After nearly forty years, ‘Inside The NFL’ remains a bastion of sports television,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports said in the company’s release. “The series is relevant and fresh, not only because it delivers the most unique and compelling highlight packages available anywhere, but our studio team consistently delivers the most thoughtful and eloquent debate on the game’s most provocative characters and most polarizing topics. It is the show the pro’s watch.”

“Inside The NFL” is currently the longest running show on cable television entering its 39th season and has been nominated for 21 Sports Emmys and winning four of them.

Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.

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