Every year, it seems the sports world gets more and more crowded. NBC launched a sports-only network, Fox Sports has a sports-only national network, ESPN is still around and showing games, and it’s just hard to get any attention out there. The NFL Network hasn’t been hugely successful, but it made its mark in the form of Thursday Night Football. Now, it’s going to lose a few of those games. CBS is going to be broadcasting 8 Thursday Night Football games next season.
“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 Les 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.”
So what does the NFL get out of this deal? Well, NFL Network announcers will be used for the pregame and postgame shows, and the 8 games that CBS airs will be simulcast on the NFL network, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms doing the commentary. In addition, CBS will be producing a total of 14 Thursday Night Football games and 2 Saturday evening football games. The NFL will keep the remaining 8 games for themselves while getting some crucial exposure for its fledgling television network.
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