CBS to carry NFL Thursday Night Football games

MILWAUKEE -- The National Football League and CBS have struck a deal allowing CBS affiliates to televise Thursday Night Football games.

CBS affiliate stations like CBS 58 will air eight early-season games that will also be simulcast on the NFL Network. The remaining Thursday night games will be aired only on the NFL Network.

The full season of Thursday night 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS and announced by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.

“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” said NFL Commissioner Roger 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.”

The agreement between the two companies is for the 2014-2015 season giving the NFL the option to continue this agreement for another season. 

We won't find out if the Green Bay Packers will play during one of these Thursday nights until next season's schedule is released later this year.

“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said CBS President and CEO Leslie 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 Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.”

“The NFL is the most powerful programming in television,” said CBS Sports Chairman Sean 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 primetime on Thursday nights.”


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