(The following press release from CBS Communications Group was received by  e-mail. The sender verified the statement.)  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  McManus.  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  announcers.  The agreement is for the 2014 season with an additional year at the NFL's  option.  "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  nights."  About CBS Corporation  CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and  distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences  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  leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S.  and one of the world's largest libraries of entertainment content, making its  brand - "the Eye" - one of the most recognized in business. The Company's  operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including  cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive  and socially responsible media. CBS's businesses include CBS Television  Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros.  Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a joint venture  between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster,  CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS  Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television  Distribution), CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment,  CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to<>.  About NFL Network  Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to  receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters,  league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL  Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events,  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.  Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements  with each of the country's largest television providers including Comcast,  DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon  FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.  For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile  from Verizon. For more information, log on to is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.  (rml) NY