CBS gets NFL Thursday Night Football package

NFL Thursday Night Football is heading to CBS next season

2/5/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - CBS gets  NFL Thursday Night Football packageNFL Thursday Night Football was up for grabs to the highest bidding network for the 2014 NFL season, and the highest bidding network was CBS. In a move that will surely send shock waves across the casts of "Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men", CBS was awarded the 2014 NFL Thursday Night Football package for an undisclosed amount. In kind of a an unusual arrangement, CBS gets Thursday Night Football from Weeks 2 to Week 12 of the 2014 NFL season, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms announcing. The Thursday games then switch over to the NFL Network in Week 13, but will still be produced by CBS and feature Nantz and Simms on the mic, respectively.

In fact, the CBS Thursday Night Football games will be simulcast on the NFL Network. Because if there's anything better than a lousy Thursday night NFL game on TV, it's a lousy Thursday night NFL game on two TV channels simultaneously.

These are the weird quirks of the NFL awarding Thursday Night Football to CBS. CBS only gets 8 Thursday night games, because NBC still gets the Opening Night game and the Thanksgiving Night game. Once we hit Week 13, the Thursday night games are still produced by the CBS broadcast team, but will air exclusively on the NFL Network.

Blog Photo - CBS gets  NFL Thursday Night Football packageThere is one enormous benefit to this NFL arrangement for 2014 -- there will be NFL football on Christmas Day! December 25 falls on a Thursday this year, and would be Week 16 of the NFL schedule. Even if it's just on the NFL Network, a Christmas night game would be great. Those NBA games all day on Christmas are just not doing it for me.

This is a one-year deal, and the NFL reserves the right to back out of this arrangement after one season.

Also in the running for Thursday Night Football were NBC, Fox, ESPN and Turner Sports.
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2/7/14   |   annecatherin

Nice stuff..!!