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'Family Night' Scrimmage To Be Televised On NFL Network



The August 5 "Family Night" scrimmage in Green Bay between the Packers and the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field will be televised live nationally on NFL Network.

Last year's Packers "Family Night" intrasquad scrimmage drew 60,217 fans to the famed Lambeau Field, the most ever for the annual event.

This year the Packers invited the Bills to participate in the scrimmage, and NFL Network will televise it on Friday, August 5 at 8:00 PM ET.

The Packers' all-time receptions leader and current NFL Network analyst Sterling Sharpe will return to Green Bay to work as a sideline reporter on the telecast. The telecast will be hosted by WLUK's Drew Smith and Packers Hall of Famer Johnnie Gray. NFL Network will take the same audio, video and graphics that will be seen locally in Green Bay.

This year marks the first time in 14 years that Green Bay will host another team for its scrimmage.

"Family Night Presented by FOX 11" will air on FOX affiliate WLUK locally and be syndicated throughout Wisconsin. NFL Network will simulcast the WLUK feed nationally and NFL fans across the country will get an appreciation for the tradition, fanaticism and uniqueness that is Green Bay Packers football.

"Green Bay is a special place and we look forward to sharing some of the lore with NFL fans that they may have heard about but have never seen for themselves," said NFL Network's Director of Program Acquisitions Dan Margulis. "This scrimmage fits well with NFL Network's extensive preseason and training camp coverage and meets our mission to provide our fans with unique and differentiated NFL-related programming."

"Family Night" is an annual tradition in Green Bay that in addition to the scrimmage includes a fireworks show, entertainment and a popular "shirt off our back" ritual, where Packers players remove their jerseys after the scrimmage and give them away in a random drawing to fans in attendance.

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