NFL Kickoff Packers

FOX 25/48 is synonymous with Green Bay Packers and NFL football, from the home opener Sept. 10 at Lambeau Field against NFC foe Seattle to the final regular-season game on Dec. 31 in Detroit against the divisional rival Lions.

Football fans in western Wisconsin also tune in to FOX 25/48 to catch the majority of the NFC postseason action, including wild card, divisional and championship match-ups.

While the Packers-Bears rivalry is one of the longest and most storied in professional sports, the Packers-Vikings rivalry is intense among their respective fan bases in this part of the state. FOX 25/48 will broadcast nine Packers games and five Vikings contests this fall, reaching football fans from Winona and La Crosse to Eau Claire and Rice Lake.

Jud Beck, FOX 25/48 general manager and vice president, said football programming reigns supreme.

“Destination Football is a game-day mentality,” Beck said. “We kick off every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with ‘Green Bay Nation’ and we keep it coming all day. 

“The football appetite of our viewers is ravenous. If you look at the top 40 programs during a typical NFL season, the most viewed content is all NFL-related. Prime time in most markets is between 7 and 10 p.m. Every Sunday from September through January, prime time in western Wisconsin is between noon and 7 p.m.”

A new face in FOX 25/48’s Packers Sunday morning lineup is that of former linebacker George Koonce who joins host Burke Griffin on “Green & Gold Game Day Live” at 10:30 a.m. 

“I have a relationship with Burke that dates back to 1994-95 when I first saw him come into our locker room as a bright-eyed young reporter,” Koonce said with a chuckle. “Burke is the real professional driving the train, and I’ll add my insights along the way. I’m coming from a ‘Doctor of Defense’ perspective and hope Packer fans will enjoy it. I’m really looking forward to teaming up with Burke and seeing how the Packers’ season unfolds.”

The Packers are preseason Super Bowl contenders with a legitimate shot at playing in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Former Chicago head coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka tabbed them as an NFC favorite to challenge New England.

“With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and those weapons he has, the Packers are right up there,” Ditka said.

“Those two organizations—Green Bay and New England—are winners because they do things the right way year-round and have developed a winning culture. Bill Belichick and Mike McCarthy are two of the best in the business, and it takes everyone—from the players and coaches to the front office and scouting department—to be in a position to win the Super Bowl.”

It all starts in Green Bay with Rodgers, who at age 33 is a 13-year NFL veteran coming off one of his most productive seasons with 40 touchdowns. He was a leader by example, improving his own play during a rough 4-6 start and boldly proclaiming the team could “run the table.” The Packers did just that, rattling off six straight victories to win the division title over Detroit and two playoff victories before losing in the NFC title game in Atlanta.

No matter where Green Bay finishes in 2017, die-hard Packers fans will be watching. In addition to the games, FOX 25/48 airs great Packers ancillary programming including “Green Bay Nation” on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by “Inside the Huddle” at 10 a.m. and “Green & Gold Game Day Live” at 10:30 a.m. Every Tuesday night during the season, FOX 25/48 also airs “Locker Room Live” at 9:35 p.m. following “First News at Nine.” 

“In our community, every Green Bay Packer football broadcast is like the Super Bowl in most television markets,” Beck said. “Typically, 70-80 percent of households (around 80,000) are tuned into Packer games.”