Fox's NFL pregame crews to broadcast remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions

Jack Baer
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Fox’s NFL pregame show will both look quite different this week ahead of the network’s slate of NFL games.

Due to Los Angeles County public health guidelines and “an abundance of caution,” the regular casts of “Fox NFL Kickoff” and “Fox NFL Sunday” will appear remotely on Sunday, the network announced Saturday afternoon.

Chris Myers, Charles Woodson and Reggie Bush will fill in as the studio crew for both shows.

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The decision comes after a curfew instituted by the California Department of Public Health was officially announced on Thursday, with coronavirus cases again on the rise in Los Angeles County.

FILE - This March 5, 2013, file photo shows Jay Glazer, from left, Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw and Michael Strahan attending the Fox Sports Media Upfront party celebrating the new Fox Sports 1 network in New York. Bradshaw thought his career as a football analyst was over in 1993 when CBS lost the NFL rights to Fox. Instead of going back to cattle ranching, he has had a front-row seat to the biggest sports broadcasting story of the past quarter century.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and more will be working remotely on Sunday. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

California curfew in place until late December

Under the new rules, most nonessential activities between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m outside the home are prohibited if in counties in the strictest tier of California’s reopening road map. Los Angeles County is one of many counties in that tier.

The curfew will be effective from Saturday until at least Dec. 21, which means several more weeks of Fox pregame shows could feel its effects.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s explanation fo the decision, via the Los Angeles Times:

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

Los Angeles County has more than 54,000 new cases reported in the last seven days.

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