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NFL Announces New Thursday Night Football Package

Thursday night football is fun because it is football on Thursday, but the games are almost always terrible. The good news here is that we will get Saturday football at the end of the season like in the olden days.

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There is good news today for those of you who do not have the NFL Network.  The league has announced that the first half of the Thursday night football schedule will be aired on CBS.  Those 8 games will also be simulcast on the NFL Network (for some reason).  Here is the release from the league:

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 and LESLIE MOONVES, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and SEAN McMANUS, Chairman, CBS Sports.

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.

The only bad news there is more Phil Simms.