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NFL PARTNERS WITH CBS ON 2014 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PACKAGE
CBS and NFL Network to Each Televise Eight Games
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to Broadcast Thursday Night Games
NEW YORK - The National Football League will team with long-time broadcast
partner CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2014
season, it was announced today by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, CBS
Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS Sports Chairman Sean
CBS will air eight early season games that also will be simulcast on NFL
Network. NFL Network will also televise eight late-season games in the run-up
to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two
late-season games on Saturday.
The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead
broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, on all
Thursday night games. In a new twist, NFL Network hosts and analysts will be
featured in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with CBS Sports
The agreement is for the 2014 season with an additional year at the NFL's
"NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans," said 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."
"We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by
expanding our coverage to Thursday nights," said 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 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
About CBS Corporation
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around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the
dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the
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and one of the world's largest libraries of entertainment content, making its
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and socially responsible media. CBS's businesses include CBS Television
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including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro
Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine,
Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.
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with each of the country's largest television providers including Comcast,
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