The NFL and CBS announced a new partnership today to produce the 16 game slate of Thursday Night Football. Eight of the games will air on CBS, and eight will air on the NFL Network. The deal allows CBS to produce the telecasts along side the NFL Network. Here’s the key parts of the announcement from CBS Sports.
CBS will televise eight of the Thursday night games in 2014, and the full slate of 16 will be produced by CBS and will feature play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and color analyst Phil Simms on every game, according to a Wednesday announcement by CBS and the NFL.
Those eight CBS games will be simulcast on the NFL Network — which will televise eight late-season games, including two Saturday games.
NFL Network hosts will be used in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with the CBS Sports announcers.
This is great news for those of us who were less than inspired by Mike Mayock’s color commentary. Mayock is a great college guy, but his style didn’t mesh with the pro game. Now Nantz and Simms will take their show on the road. This also means 8 more games on basic TV packages for viewers.
It seems like a win/win for viewers and the networks. The NFL network gets to save money by contracting the production out to CBS. CBS wins by getting marquee games in prime time. The NFL wins because it means more money from TV rights, and we all win because there’s more football for us to watch, tweet, and obsess about. Oh, and more James Brown hopefully. You can never have too much of JB.