LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The National Football League and CBS announced Wednesday that the network will produce and air Thursday Night Football for the 2014 season.
CBS will air eight early season games that will also be simulcast on the NFL Network, which will televise eight late-season games in advance of the playoffs.
“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “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,” CBS President and CEO Les 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,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean 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.”
The agreement has an option for an additional year.