CBS the surprise winner in a new Thursday night NFL game package

How about “Thursday Night Football on CBS?

3091918_GThe network found out this morning it was the winning bidder in a package of eight Thursday night NFL regular-season games in 2014, and announced it will use Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the broadcasts that are also to be simulcast on the NFL Network. NFL Network had been using Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock as its broadcasting team.

The NFL Network will be exclusive for six Thursday night and two Saturday night games in the second half of the season. CBS will produce all 16 games.

The agreement  for the 2014 season has an NFL option for 2015.

Fox, NBC, ABC and Turner Sports were all said to be involved in bidding for this new package of game. Reports were that the networks were starting at $200 million for the rights to the package.

“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”

CBS Sports chief Sean McManus said: “To add a primetime NFL package to our successful Sunday AFC package further strengthens our position in the sports marketplace.  We look forward to having Jim and Phil and our top production team showcased in prime time on Thursday nights.”

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