NFL Thursday Night Football is heading to CBS next season
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.
There 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.