The National Football League has announced a new Thursday Night Football lineup that will allow more people with broadcast television – read: they don’t get the NFL Network – the option to watch the primetime games. They will do this by teaming with CBS to produce the games for the 2014 season.
As in seasons past, there will be one game per week to include all 16 weeks of the season – the kickoff game belongs to NBC as a special edition of Sunday Night Football – so each team is guaranteed a prime time game. CBS will produce all of the games and air the first eight – which will be simulcast on NFLN – and then the final six games of the season will be exclusively on NFLN. The final two games of the season will be on Saturday night instead of Thursday.
All of the games will be called by the CBS team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, even when they’re on the NFLN, which leaves zero chance that we’ll get to hear draft guru Mike Mayock give the college and draft pedigree of every single player in every Thursday night game.
With the likelihood that the Chiefs will play in more than a couple prime time games this year – they only had two last year – this could significantly impact how you view them this season.
If you want to read the full press release, check out this tweet from NFL Insider Ian Rappaport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2014
As soon as we hear more, we’ll let you know.
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