CBS To Broadcast Thursday Night NFL Games With NFL Network In 2014

According to a Wednesday press release put out by the NFL, the league will have CBS produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2014 season.

CBS will apparently air eight early season games that will be simulcast on NFL Network. In addition, the NFL Network will also televise eight late-season games leading up to the playoffs. 14 of the games will air on Thursday nights with two late-season games being aired on Saturday.

Jim Nance and Phil Simms will reportedly call the Thursday games in 2014 and they will replace Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock. However, NFL Network hosts and analysts will still be part of the pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of every game.

If you are like me, you likely noticed how poor the overall quality of football that was played in 2013 on Thursday nights. This was probably to be expected due to the short week of preparation that the teams had for these games. From a safety standpoint, one would think that it’s not in the best interest of the players to have such a short down-time in between games, but safety comes second to revenue, obviously.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still watch the games, but I really wish that the league would move away from Thursday night games and perhaps add a Saturday night game instead.

  • treeher

    Mostly agree, Thursday games are pointless. But don’t need to compete with college ball on Saturdays. Best compromise? Friday Night Football. It even sounds better.

  • joed32

    Then they would hurt attendance for High School football. They chose Thursday for a reason.

  • Richard Edlin

    I thought it was illegal to play Saturday nights … antitrust issues & squeezing out college football.

  • Richard Edlin

    (At least within the collegiate season.)

  • dgh57

    They used to have Saturday afternoon games between when College football regular season ended and the Bowl Games started but I noticed they have stopped doing that the last couple of years now.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’ll watch the games but i’m not a big fan of this constant tinkering with the schedule, rule changes, fines and ect.

  • joed32

    They’re going to have a Saturday doubleheader in that time frame next year. When I was a kid the NFL had night games on Saturday but that was before the college stadiums had lights and played night games. Yes I’m pretty old.