NFL Thursday Night Football Programming Changes

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

CBS is now partnering with the NFL to produce Thursday Night Football.

Eight (8) early season games will be broadcast on CBS, and simulcast on NFL Network.  Then NFL Network will broadcast eight late season games leading up to the playoffs.  Fourteen of the games will be scheduled on Thursdays, with two games scheduled on Saturdays.

From NFL.com:

All 16 games will be produced by CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms -- the network's No. 1 announcing team -- calling Thursday night games. The first eight games on CBS will be simulcast on NFL Network. The agreement is for the 2014 season with an additional year at the NFL's option.

The scheduled competition is expected to be better than in previous years:

Airing eight games in prime time on television's top-rated network will be a ratings bonanza. Expect to see some premium matchups in those first eight weeks as the brand is established on a new platform. The CBS ratings surge should create momentum when NFL Network takes over in the season's back end.

No doubt this will give these games a boost in viewership and production quality.  What is your reaction to this announcement?

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