There’s been a lot of discussion this offseason about the future of Thursday Night Football and how it would be broadcast with last week’s announcement of the new NFL Now network.
After the arrival of Thursday night NFL games on the NFL Network for the entire season, there has been momentum for the league to move those games to another network and get an even bigger payday for selling the broadcasting rights for these games.
On Wednesday, the NFL announced a new partnership with long-time broadcast partner CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2014 season.
This was announced today by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and CEO of CBS Corp Leslie Moonves and Chairman, CBS Sports Sean McManus.
The NFL network will carry eight late-season games, including two on Saturday. CBS will produce all 16 of the games covered by the deal, with lead broadcasters Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on all the Thursday night games.
An added twist is that NFL Network hosts and analysts will participate in pregame, halftime and postgame shows, so expect to see Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin bantering about with Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino.
“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 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.
“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.