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Why the Bears vs. Saints NFL playoff game is on Nickelodeon

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Why the Bears vs. Saints NFL playoff game is on Nickelodeon

The Bears vs. Saints game can be viewed on CBS like many other NFL games. But if you’re looking for a unique experience, tune your television to Nickelodeon. 

That’s right — the popular children’s network will be broadcasting the NFC wild-card game between Chicago and New Orleans at 4:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 10. It’ll get a whole separate broadcast treatment that’s meant to be kid-friendly. 

“Our game plan is to make sure the NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon definitely lives up to its name by infusing the telecast with Nick’s sensibility of surprise and fun at almost every turn,” said Brian Robbins, President of ViacomCBS Kids & Family Entertainment, in a release. “We’re incredibly proud to team up with CBS Sports and the NFL to elevate the thrill of this game for kids and families to enjoy together.”

Here’s more to know about watching the Nickelodeon broadcast of Bears vs. Saints on Sunday.

What channel is Nickelodeon?

Here’s a list of the Nickelodeon channel number on popular cable/satellite services:

  • DirecTV: 299/300
  • Dish Network: 170/171
  • AT&T U-Verse: 314 (1314 HD)
  • Xfinity: 1728 (HD)
  • Verizon Fios: 252 (752 HD)

Nickelodeon is one of the most popular children’s television channels in the country. Popular shows on Nickelodeon (previously and currently running) include:

  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • iCarly
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Rugrats
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon launced on Dec. 1, 1977, a short while before ESPN launched. It’s owned by ViacomCBS, thus the connection with this particular NFL matchup. As of Sept. 2018, the channel was available to more than 87 million homes in the United States. 

Why is Bears vs. Saints on Nickelodeon?

Bears vs. Saints is on Nickelodeon to “maximize the co-viewing appeal for kids and families, while maintaining the integrity of the game and its traditions,” according to a statement by CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. 

The reason that it’s Bears vs. Saints and not a different game is in part because VicomCBS owns both the CBS network and Nickelodeon. Since CBS has the rights to the Bears vs. Saints game, it was a possibility to also be broadcast on Nickelodeon. 

How to watch Bears vs. Saints on Nickelodeon

  • Date: Sunday, Jan. 10
  • Kickoff time: 4:40 p.m. ET

The game will be available on your local CBS affiliate at 4:40 p.m. ET for a traditional broadcast called by Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.

But if you have satellite or cable, you can likely tune into Nickelodeon for a kid-friendly broadcast. The game will be called by Noah Eagle with CBS Sports’ Nate Burleson and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green joining him in the booth. Another Nickelodeon star, Lex Lumpkin, will serve as a reporter during the game.

How to stream Bears vs. Saints on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon does not have its own standalone streaming service, but it is available as a channel on most major services, including Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

There’s an easier way to stream this particular game, though: the NFL App. According to a release, fans can stream the Nickelodeon broadcast of Bears vs. Saints for free on the NFL App. This particular game is also being broadcast on Amazon Prime Video for subscribers to that service, although that’s a whole separate broadcast entirely and not the Nickelodeon one.

Children watching the game on Nickelodeon can access NFL-themed content on NFLNickPlay.com in the days leading up to and during the game.

What’s different about Bears vs. Saints on Nickelodeon?

The entire broadcast will have a kid-centric spin about it. Proceedings being at 4 p.m. ET with “The Spongebob Squarepants Countdown Special” which is hosted by Denver Broncos star Von Miller. He’ll be joined on the pregame special by CBS’ traditional broadcast team of Nantz and Romo.

The game will also feature a special halftime sneak peak of “Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years,” which is a yet-to-be-relased show that follows Spongebob Squarepants’ activities as a 10-year old sponge.

This special broadcast will also “feature one-of-a-kind kid-focused content and Nick-themed elements throughout, including a special halftime presentation, guest reporters and original on-field graphics, virtual filters and more.”

NFL playoff schedule: Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Start time TV channel
Colts at Bills 1:05 p.m. ET CBS
Rams at Seahawks 4:40 p.m. ET Fox
Buccaneers at Washington  8:15 p.m. ET NBC

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Start time TV channel
Ravens at Titans 1:05 p.m. ET ESPN/ABC
Bears at Saints 4:40 p.m. ET CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime
Browns at Steelers 8:15 p.m. ET NBC

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Warriors’ Draymond Green ejected for yelling at . . . a teammate?

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Warriors forward Draymond Green was on the receiving end of a horrible technical foul call Thursday night. To make matters worse, it was his second tech of the game, which meant he was ejected. 

Why was the call so bad? Because Green was yelling at a teammate, rookie James Wiseman, rather than an official or an opponent when he got T’d up.

Green was incredulous as he got the news during Golden State’s game against the Knicks.

Oddly, neither of the other two officials chose to confer with colleague John Butler and make sure the second-quarter technical was legitimate. They, too, had to have heard what Green was yelling inside the empty Chase Center.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game that one of those other officials, Ben Taylor, told him at halftime that Butler thought Green was yelling at him and not Wiseman.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau was just happy to see Green gone.

“Draymond, we caught a break when he got thrown out,” he said postgame, per The Associated Press. New York won the game 119-104. 

The NBA can decide to rescind Green’s second technical once it gathers all the information about it. Based on the Warriors’ reactions and Taylor’s reported admission, expect that T to go away quickly on Friday. Too little, too late, but at least some justice will be done after Green was done wrong by the officials.

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NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers to send Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets following outburst

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NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers to send Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets following outburst

The Cavaliers have found a taker for Kevin Porter Jr.

Cleveland is trading the second-year wing player to the Rockets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported late Thursday. It will receive a protected second-round draft pick in return. The Associated Press reported the deal was pending NBA approval.

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The Cavs decided to move Porter after he threw a tantrum over the team giving his locker to newly acquired veteran Taurean Prince and moving him to another part of the locker room. The Athletic reported the Jan. 15 outburst included Porter throwing food and being “combative” during an argument with general manager Koby Altman.

Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Monday spoke of Porter as a soon-to-be-former member of the organization.

“We all want to see Kevin be successful,” Bickerstaff said, per The Athletic. “I still feel that way. So whatever it is that happens in the future for him, I hope nothing but the best for him. And it’s part of our responsibility as coaches to give everyone our all and try to make the best of every situation. I can say that we did that.”

Porter did not play for Cleveland this season because of unspecified personal issues. He was charged with weapon and drug offenses last November in Ohio following a car crash. Prosecutors later dropped the charges, ESPN reported. 

He played in 50 games (three starts) for the Cavs last season as a rookie, averaging 10.0 points and 3.2 rebounds. 

Houston will waive injured guard Chris Clemons to make room for Porter on the roster, Feigen reported.

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Blue Jays preparing to play home games in Florida if necessary, report says

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Blue Jays preparing to play home games in Florida if necessary, report says

The Blue Jays are making contingency plans in the event the Canadian government prevents them from playing home games in Toronto at the start of the 2021 MLB season because of COVID-19 concerns.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday that the club is looking at its spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., as a possible alternate site and that the Jays and Dunedin officials have held preliminary discussions about holding regular-season games at TD Ballpark.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Jan. 12 that the Canada-U.S. border would remain closed to nonessential travel through at least Feb. 21, and on Jan. 16 Ontario extended emergency measures within the province through Feb. 19 as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase.

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“We would welcome the opportunity if they were to open their season here,” Vince Gizzi, Dunedin’s parks and recreation director, told the Times. “It would just be wonderful for our city, if they were restricted from going in and out of Canada, that they could play here.”

The Jays were forced to play their entire 60-game schedule last year in the U.S. after Canada prohibited them from playing at Rogers Centre amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The team played its home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y., the home of its Triple-A minor league affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, beginning in mid-August. The Bisons’ 2020 season had already been canceled, making the stadium available to the Jays full time. 

The Bisons are scheduled to resume playing there next spring, although the exact opening date is unclear because MLB is still deciding when to begin the 2021 minor league season.

Dunedin is also home to Toronto’s affiliate in the Single-A Florida State League, but the Times speculated that any scheduling conflicts could be resolved by having the minor league team play on one of the fields adjacent to the stadium inside the Jays’ complex. The parent club’s home opener is scheduled for April 8. 

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The Times noted that MLB and the MLB Players Association would have to approve moving games outside Toronto. 

The NBA’s Raptors are dealing with a similar prohibition. They’ve moved their home games this season to Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., home of the NHL’s Lightning. Dunedin is about 30 minutes west of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The Maple Leafs are playing their home games at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto but are not scheduled to leave Canada in the regular season. The NHL placed all seven of its Canadian teams in one division for the 2021 season and are having them play just each other, with games taking place entirely within Canada.

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