NFL Reaches Partnership With CBS; Will Air Games Thursday & Saturday Nights
Are you a football fanatic, and have been upset that you can’t watch those Thursday night games every week?
Well things are about to change starting next season, as CBS reached a deal with the NFL to bring Thursday night and Saturday afternoon games to a wider audience.
According to a report, CBS beat out Fox, NBC, ABC/ESPN, and Turner for the package which will split crews between the broadcast network and NFL Network.
Deadspin has the repercussions of the deal.
- More Phil Simms and Jim Nantz. I hope you like them. (You don’t.) CBS’s lead broadcasting duo will call every game, even the ones on the NFL Network. But NFL Network talent will appear on the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.
- The other networks’ Thursday programming is about to get wrecked. Yes, Thursday games tend to be sloppy and boring, and yes, players hate them, but people watch. Despite NFL Network being available in only 72 million homes, Thursday Night Football invariably wins the night on cable, and comes close to the top-rated network shows. On CBS, it will dominate.
- The return of Saturday football! Once upon a time not so long ago, when college football’s regular season ended, the NFL would air a few late-season games on Saturday night. That’s coming back—the contract actually stipulates 14 Thursday games and two Saturday games. December Saturdays will be a bit less dreary.
Below is a statement from the NFL.
“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” Commissioner Goodell said. “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,” Moonves said. “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,” McManus said. “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 prime time on Thursday nights.”
Will this change make you watch the games any more? Are you excited for Saturday football? Let us know in the comments.