CBS Lands Thursday night NFL football package
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?and Les Moonnves the president along with CEO of CBS Corp., Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.
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 Commissioner Goodell. ?Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility forThursday?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 Thursdaynights, 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 prime time?on Thursday?nights.?