The NFL will partner with CBS to produce and televise “Thursday Night Football” next season, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.
CBS will broadcast eight early-season games that also will be simulcast on NFL Network. Meantime, NFL Network will air eight late-season games. Fourteen games will be played on Thursday nights, while two late-season contests are slated for double-header on Dec. 20, a Saturday. There were no Saturday games last season.
All 16 games will be produced by CBS and called by CBS' lead broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. However, NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows.
“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.”
The agreement between the NFL and CBS is only for 2014, however the league holds the option to extend the deal to include the 2015 season, as well.