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NFL to broadcast Wild Card Playoff game on Nickelodeon

It will be kid-centric

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While this isn’t going to concern the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL has just come out with an interesting announcement for those folks out there that have kids that they’re trying to get interested in the sport of football.

The league has announced that the AFC Wild Card game on Sunday, 10 January, will have a special kids-themed broadcast on Nickelodeon. CBS will be airing the more normal version of the broadcast, but there are some things planned on the Nickelodeon broadcast for the younger set.

Per the press release from CBS/Viacom:

Play-by-play announcer Noah Eagle will be joined by CBS Sports’ analyst Nate Burleson and Nick star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green (All That, Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered) in the booth to call the NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon. Additionally, Nick star Lex Lumpkin (All That, Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered) ­­­will serve as a reporter during the game. Nickelodeon’s coverage begins with “The SpongeBob SportsPants Countdown Special,” a sports-themed compilation special at 4 p.m. (ET) hosted by the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller, highlighting SpongeBob’s best sports moments and featuring pre-kickoff appearances by CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, as well as Eagle, Burleson and Green.

The NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon will also include a special halftime sneak peek of Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, which follows 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals as they spend their summer building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral. The series will debut in 2021 on ViacomCBS’s rebranded streaming service Paramount+ and then on Nickelodeon later in the year.

Gotta be honest. . .outside of Burleson, I have no idea who any of the people that are broadcasting the game on Nickelodeon are. But I’m guessing your kids probably do.

So, if you have kids, does this make you more likely to try to sit them down and get them to watch the NFL playoffs next month? Are your kids already big into the NFL?