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NFL awards Thursday contract to CBS

By DAVID BAUDER, AP
3 hours ago

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has decided to shift eight of its Thursday night games to a broadcast network this fall, and announced Wednesday that CBS had won the bid to showcase more of television's hottest property.

 

CBS will air the games during the first eight weeks of the season with its top broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, simulcasting them with the NFL Network. The league's cable network will show six Thursday night games alone later in the season, produced by CBS with Nantz and Simms also in the booth. Included in the deal is two Saturday games, but it is unclear whether they will be on CBS or the NFL Network.

 

The NFL said the contract is for one year, and the league has an option to extend it for 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

 

CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and Turner were all interested in the NFL's Thursday night package. Live television events like sports and awards shows are increasingly important for broadcasters as the audience fragments for traditional fare, and football games are the most dependable ratings-grabbers. Sunday's Super Bowl, with 112.2 million viewers, set a record as the most-watched program in U.S. television history.

 

NBC's biggest hit each fall is its Sunday night package of NFL games.

 

The NFL started a limited package of Thursday games in 2006, and showed 13 games on the NFL Network this past season. Its goal is to both increase the visibility of the NFL Network through promotion on television's most-watched network, along with putting the Thursday games on firmer footing, said Brian Rolapp, the league's executive vice president for media.

''We want to make Thursday night football as big as possible in the minds of the NFL fan,'' Rolapp said.

 

Part of the reason for a short-term deal is the NFL's indecision about whether it sees the Thursday night franchise as best for its cable network in years to come, or whether the rights money and greater exposure offered by a broadcast network is the smarter financial play.

 

CBS will have no flexibility in what games it broadcasts on Thursdays. The NFL will announce its Thursday schedule before the season begins, Rolapp said.

 

Not only will the games provide a short-term boost for CBS, but the network hopes relationships forged in this deal will offer an advantage if future Thursday games come up for bid.

CBS is already the top-rated broadcast network and its most popular comedy, ''The Big Bang Theory,'' airs on Thursday nights. The NFL package will enable CBS to start its Thursday night schedule later in the fall, around the beginning of November, and give it a large audience to promote its other programming. It's also a defensive move: CBS won't have to worry about a rival gaining a big Thursday audience.

 

''CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is,'' CBS Corp. Chairman Leslie Moonves said. ''I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.''

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Simms and Nantz is a added bonus for viewing

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Thursday Night Football is coming to CBS this year.  According to this NFL fans will get to hear Nantz and Simms the first 8 weeks of the season.

CBS will air the games during the first eight weeks of the season with its top broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, simulcasting them with the NFL Network. The league’s cable network will show six Thursday night games alone later in the season, produced by CBS with Nantz and Simms also in the booth. Included in the deal is two Saturday games, but it is unclear whether they will be on CBS or the NFL Network.

The NFL said the contract is for one year, and the league has an option to extend it for 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and Turner were all interested in the NFL’s Thursday night package. Live television events like sports and awards shows are increasingly important for broadcasters as the audience fragments for traditional fare, and football games are the most dependable ratings-grabbers. Sunday’s Super Bowl, with 112.2 million viewers, set a record as the most-watched program in U.S. television history.

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While Nantz is a bonus, at least for me, I still despise the thursday games, the product is watered down and inferior.  I also don't like the idea of Saturday games prior to the playoffs. The more saturday games they have, the less of a novelty it becomes and less I 'm sure I'll enjoy it.   

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I like Saturday games just fine, but Thursday games are horrible with work and school for most fans on Fridays.  With all the head injury concerns, you'd think they do away with the ultra-short week too.

 

Not a big Thursday football guy.

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While Nantz is a bonus, at least for me

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My Grandfather used to watch a lot of golf when I was growing up and Jim Nantz's voice just reminds me of Sunday at the Masters and taking naps. He's soothing. Don't you judge me.

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Nantz is a bit of a swish if you ask me.

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Any change from NFLN is welcome.  Mayock is intolerable.

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Any change from NFLN is welcome. Mayock is intolerable.

Still got him for 5 games.

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Still got him for 5 games.

 

My TV has a mute button.

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My TV has a mute button.

Pretty sure he talks over mute.

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Any change from NFLN is welcome.  Mayock is intolerable.

 

Mayock > Fran Drescher > Bobcat Goldthwait > Eating one's own diarrhea >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nantz

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Pretty sure he talks over mute.

 

He is evil.

 

Mayock > Fran Drescher > Bobcat Goldthwait > Eating one's own diarrhea >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nantz

 

Nantz blends into the background for me.  I hardly notice him.  Mayock is on a personal mission from God to bash the Jets at every opportunity.  Like it's not bad enough we've had to endure these difficult seasons and see some of these lousy draft picks.  I need Mayock's smarmy commentary like I need him describing a fire that's burning my house down..

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Any change from NFLN is welcome.  Mayock is intolerable.

 

I actually like him a lot.

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I actually like him a lot.

 

He badmouths the Jets even more than T0mShane.  He is a total poopyhead.

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Good news is Saturday games are back

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dont care about cbs getting thursday games, but sat games in december will be sweet. if the jets play on sat i dont have to worry about goin to work hungover the next day

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Nantz is a bit of a swish if you ask me.

 

A swish who hates the Jets to boot.

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Dierdorf retiring is paying dividends already!

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Not sure when the 4 team NCAA playoff will be scheduled. But having that and 2 December Saturday NFL games means we get some more good football to watch next December. Would hope that the Jets even get one of those Saturday night December games.

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Looking at the thread title a second time I'm now wondering why the CBs got the Thursday night games instead of the LBers or safeties.

 

Eh? EH?

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With two games a week i am just worried Nantz might not get enough time brown nosing Robert Kraft!

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He badmouths the Jets even more than T0mShane.  He is a total poopyhead.

 

and most of us are different?

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