ROMO’S first Cowboys assignment is Nov. 5.
Tony Romo will have to wait until Nov. 5 to work his first Cowboys game. As CBS’ lead analyst, the rookie broadcaster will be alongside veteran play-by-play voice Jim Nantz when the Kansas City Chiefs visit AT&T Stadium in a nationally televised 3:25 p.m. game in Week 9.
Romo and Nantz will be back at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day when CBS broadcasts the Los Angeles Chargers-Cowboys at 3:30 p.m. The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game traditionally draws the most viewers for any regular-season game.
Those are CBS’ only two scheduled Cowboys games during the 2017 season.
CBS does have two nationally televised preseason games. Romo and Nantz likely would work the Kansas City Chiefs-Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 25 or the Los Angeles Rams-Chargers on Aug. 26.
Come the regular season, CBS has six games on the opening Sunday, but none are in the national 3:25 p.m. window. Romo and Nantz undoubtedly will work one of them. With the Cowboys playing on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, CBS would be clear to send any of the five noon games to Dallas-Fort Worth. The game Romo works likely would have the most interest locally.
If CBS doesn’t pencil in the Nantz-Romo game for D-FW, KTVT (Channel 11) could request it. Should Nantz-Romo be saddled with the 3:05 p.m. Indianapolis Colts-Rams game, D-FW, which will be getting the Fox national 3:25 p.m. broadcast that features the Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers, will have to wait to catch Romo on Channel11.
Fox also has the national game in Week 2. Nantz and Romo get their first 3:25 p.m. kickoff in Week 3. They’ll work either the Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers or Kansas City Chiefs at Chargers.
CBS also doesn’t take over production of the Thursday night NFL Network games until the fourth week. NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the booth, will produce the second and third Thursdays on NFL Network exclusive games.