Jan 29, 2013, New Orleans, LA, USA; CBS Sports broadcast team poses at Super Bowl XLVII press conference at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Front row: Dan Marino (left), Sean McManus (center) and Phil Simms. Back row (from left) Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher and James Brown and Boomer Esiason and Jim Nantz. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
I know what you’re thinking, “I can’t get enough of Thursday Night Football!“. Okay, maybe not those exact words, but that’s the politically correct response I can sense everyone saying.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, president/CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves, and chairman of CBS Sports Sean McManus announced the agreement earlier today that Thursday Night Football is changing.
CBS will air eight early season games that will simulcast (or simultaneous broadcast) on NFL Network. NFL Network will handle eight late-season games. Between the two networks, we’ll get fourteen ‘Thursday Night Football’ games, and two late-season Saturday Football games.
Consider the agreement a ‘test run’, as this agreement is for the 2014 year, with an option for an additional year by the NFL.
"“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” Commissioner Goodell said. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for ‘Thursday Night Football’ on CBS.”"
CBS will produce the regular season games, and the lead broadcaster team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be called to action. This also has a unique feature, which will have NFL Network hosts/analysts being featured in pregame, halftime, and post game with CBS Sports announcers.
I imagine it was only a matter of time before we’d see some type of partnership across networks, and it looks as though CBS has drawn ‘first blood’. Mike Mayock and Brad Nessler look to be out, and whether you count that as a good or bad thing is debatable.
In the race for ratings, we should expect to see some really good matchups.
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