CBS to Air 8 'Thursday Night Football' Games in Fall 2014

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February 5th, 2014

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CBS and NFL Network to Each Televise Eight Games


Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to Broadcast Thursday Night Games


NEW YORK – The National Football League will team with long-time broadcast partner CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2014 season, it was announced today by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus.


CBS will air eight early season games that also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also televise eight late-season games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday.


The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, on all Thursday night games. In a new twist, NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with CBS Sports announcers.


The agreement is for the 2014 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option.


“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” said Goodell. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”


“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said Moonves. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is. I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.”


“The NFL is the most powerful programming in television,” said McManus. “To add a primetime NFL package to our successful Sunday AFC package further strengthens our position in the sports marketplace. We look forward to having Jim and Phil and our top production team showcased in primetime on Thursday nights.”


About CBS Corporation

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  • Andrew43

    So, CBS won the bid for TNF? Too bad, ABC would have used it.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Wow, so CBS won the bidding war. Did they NEED this? No way. Big Bang Theory was doing just fine. But maybe it’ll balance out the entire night better than this season.

  • forg

    I was hoping ABC gets this one, they badly need it

  • forg

    well they can air more new big bang theory eps in midseason now

  • CarShark

    Wow. CBS and not CBS Sports? I guess that means comedy Thursdays are getting blown up and coming back to Mondays.

  • Julia

    ABC would have just put it on ESPN. Which makes a lot of sense for Disney.

  • Andrew43

    No, ABC would have kept in-house. Is only for one season, I think.

  • dishnet34

    Holy moley. Didn’t see this coming. Where will that put Big Bang Theory, then? CBS was the LAST network I would’ve seen doing this.

  • Ravens SB 47 Champs!

    Fox lost the bidding…X factor is coming back

  • Douglas from Brazil

    TBBT moving back to mondays next season to anchor the night without HIMYM?

  • Matthew

    Should have been for ABC. They really need it.

  • Julia

    With option to renew. Disney has made it clear that they want sports on ESPN. They could move football back to ABC if they wanted to, but they make more money by having football on ESPN.

  • EatMorePez

    NBC is more screwed than ever on Thursday nights.

  • Mdc10

    it will be interesting to see how everything will play out with TBBT. can they start NFL coverage at 8:30?

  • Andrew43

    Considering how much ABC’s average resents without football, I think it’d have been kept in-house and not moved to the cable network. In fact, when ABC placed their bid, they did so for their own network, not the sister network.

  • EatMorePez

    TBBT moves back to Monday would be my guess.

  • It depends on what fails

    Big Bang Theory to mondays or starting november?

    Considering NFL last season starting date, TNF starts 9/11 and runs until 10/30 on CBS.

  • ncpete

    It was reported that if Disney got the Thursday night package they were going to put it on ABC.

  • TT

    Wow. I know this ripped ABC. They really could have used the boost. CBS already owns Thursday’s. Wonder how other networks will adjust their schedules?

  • JG4

    If I were to guess, this may mean them filling the Monday @ 10 black hole with comedies.

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