The 49ers are hoping for good news to come out of Indianapolis this weekend, as several members of the organization are in the running for prestigious honors. Former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and three other former 49ers (Charles Haley, Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene) are among 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will announce its 2012 class at 2:30 p.m. PT Saturday on NFL Network.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who is up for the Associated Press Coach of the Year award, also leads a group of current 49ers vying for 2011 recognition. The NFL Honors will be televised for the first time at 6 p.m. PT Saturday on NBC, spotlighting the winners of 14 annual categories. Visit NFL.com/honors for more information.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also announced Friday that each NFL team will play in primetime during the 2012 season.
As part of a revamped primetime TV schedule, five games have been added to the Thursday Night Football lineup. Thursday Night Football will feature a contest from Week 2 to Week 15, excluding Week 12, and will be televised on NFL Network. Last season, Thursday Night Football attracted an average audience of 6.2 million people, which is double the amount in 2006, the inaugural season for Thursday Night Football.
“Adding these games to the NFL Network schedule will give more players, teams, and cities the primetime stage,” Goodell said. “Our fans can now get an early start on the NFL weekend in the season’s first 15 weeks.”
The 49ers will host the following teams at Candlestick Park in 2012: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and the Miami Dolphins. Click here to purchase 2012 season tickets.
On the road, the 49ers will visit the following teams: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets.
In all, the 49ers are 2-1 in Thursday Night Football games since 2006, excluding Thanksgiving Day matchups.
NFL Network also announced it will add a Spanish language RedZone channel to its programming next season. RedZone debuted in 2009 and features commercial-free, whip-around coverage from every NFL game.
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