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05 Feb 2014

NFL Sends Some of TNF to CBS

Half of the Thursday Night Football lineup for next year will be headed to CBS, and the other half will be on the NFL Network, per a deal between the NFL and CBS. This also brings back two Saturday games, and all 16 games will be done by CBS' lead broadcasting team.


Posted by: Rivers McCown on 05 Feb 2014

29 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2014, 7:47pm by Jerry


by Hurt Bones :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 1:49pm

It's what I've said you can {adverb} have too {adverb} Phil Simms {preposition} the {noun}.

by DavidL :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 1:59pm

Terrible broadcasts I can see are better than mediocre ones that I can't.

by Hurt Bones :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:26pm

Yes, and however bad Phil is, think regular CBS programming.

by DEW :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:46pm

This was my reaction as well. I can always mute Simms when he gets too annoying. I don't even get that choice for NFL Network games because my cable provider doesn't carry it. In my ideal world I'd prefer NBC or Fox to get it (especially as the one CBS show I watch, Elementary, is on Thursdays), but some football is always > no football.

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:35pm

I hadn't thought of what is on CBS Thursdays until reading this. I usually watch Big Bang Theory and usually only miss the kickoff. Now I have fewer BBT episodes and Phil Simms. Ugh.

by The Ancient Mariner :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:16pm

Perhaps they'll move their Thursday lineup to another night?

by Anger...rising :: Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:07pm

There's not a chance in hell of the highest-rated show on television having its episode order cut.

by dryheat :: Sat, 02/08/2014 - 9:56am

It happens all the time. whenever they want to bring juice to another night's line up. Big Bang has itself shifted it's night a couple of years ago.

by Jerry :: Sat, 02/08/2014 - 7:47pm

No, they'll still make as many new episodes. (22?) There will just be fewer rerun slots on Thursdays.

by Aaron Schatz :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 2:33pm

I was just thinking that my life had too much Mike Mayock and not enough Phil Simms. Except, you know, the opposite.

by tuluse :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:11pm

Will Simms and Nantz be doing both Sunday and Thursday football in a given week? If they will only be doing TNF some weeks, this is a huge improvement for me since I generally ignore it.

by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:20pm

Why not? It's not like they have other things to do, like research or watching game videos.

by Will Allen :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:38pm

I love those late season Saturday games. However, it really seems to me that the Thursday games are, on average, poorly played, compared on games played on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

In a shocking twist, I wasn't consulted.

by Jerry :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 6:32am

We can hope (but not expect) that teams playing Thursday will have their bye the previous weekend.

by Jimmy :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:20am

It makes sense, we the consumers desperately want it to happen but Goodell and the owners simply don't give a shit. Especially not when it's something that can be used to club the player's union with - I suspect that still really want 18 games. But Roger will find a way to pretend that it is all about the fans.

by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:21pm

Not unless they schedule bye's every week.

by Jerry :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:32pm

It's been done, when there were an odd number of teams.

by David Mazzotta :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:03pm

So the NFL network still gets to show the games, but they no longer have production expense and CBS has to give them a metric assload of money.

In related news, CBS execs were spotted whitewashing Tom Sawyer's fence.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:11pm
by Raiderjoe :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:23pm

Very strnage decision.

But less ayock is good. Good guy for draft talk but not for games.

by Hurt Bones :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:37pm

People are strnage when you're a strnager
Simms seems ugly when you're at home
Ayock seems wasted when he's unwatched
Ratings unfulfilled when you're down

by dryheat :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:05pm


by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:24pm

So this would make you...Jim MorHurtBones? Mr. HurtBones Risin'?

by coboney :: Wed, 02/05/2014 - 7:48pm

More Phil Simms is always a bad thing.

Mayock wasn't a great fit in the boothe ( I don't know how much was him and how much was the studio because he appeared better early on) but he was miles ahead of where Simms and Nantz are.

While Thursday night games tend to be sloppy there was no reason to give it one of the worst set of announcers.

Now, will we get Simms twice a week? If so I think I might get sick - once a week is already too much.

by dryheat :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:12pm

Apparently, Simms and Nantz will get 8 weeks with a Sunday game -- those weeks where CBS has the national doubleheader. The other 8 weeks they'll have the weekend off.

by MichaelEdits :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:24am

Given how few people can watch NFL Network, it's great that they're moving some games to network TV.

by jebmak :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:22pm

Yep. As someone without access, I approve regardless of the announcer.

by TomKelso :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 5:48pm

As far as the CBS schedule goes, Elementary will benefit from not airing until November. Hour-long dramas, even the good ones like Elementary, don't do well in repeats, because they are more serialized these days.

Big Bang Theory has been mediocre for years, and 2 1/2 Men should have been put out of its misery long ago. Delaying them to November won't hurt, either.

by The Hypno-Toad :: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:25pm

Fingers crossed for less Simms and Nantz working the Broncos away games. Man, Thursday night football found a way to be a dumber idea. I didn't think it could be done.