The NFL have today announced that they will team up with CBS in order to produce Thursday night football games in 2014.
CBS broadcasters, Phil Simms and Jim Nantz will announce the games with NFL Network personalities and analysts used for pre-game, post-game and half-time shows.
Eight games will be broadcast on CBS while also being simulcast on the NFL Network. The NFL Network will then broadcast the rest of the games.
NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell praised the move in a statement: “NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” said Commissioner Goodell. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”
Last season, NFL Network broadcast all Thursday night games on their network with the exception of the Thanksgiving day games. However, ratings are usually lower than traditional Sunday evening prime-time games and many fans have complained that the standard of the games are lower.
Forcing teams to play on limited rest is thought to be a factor behind this lower standard although there is no data to prove this occurs.
Commissioner Goodell has also recently said that he would like to add more playoff games to Wildcard Weekend which could be played on either the Friday or Monday.