CBS snags broadcast rights for Thursday Night Football from the NFL

Michelle Clancy | 06-02-2014

The jockeying is over: after all major US broadcasters submitted bids for the TV rights to Thursday Night Football, the National Football League said that it will team with long-time broadcast partner CBS to produce and televise games for the 2014 season.

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 on all Thursday night games. In a new twist, NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pre-game, half-time and post-game shows along with CBS Sports announcers.

The agreement is for the 2014 season with an additional year at the NFL's option.