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Thursday Night Football 2014: CBS joins NFL Network to split TNF broadcasts

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The NFL season may have officially ended just 48 hours ago, but already fans are thinking about next season, and many are celebrating a TV decision made just a few hours ago. According to a Sportsline report on Feb. 5, CBS will televise eight Thursday night games this upcoming 2014-15 NFL season. The games will be announced by CBS' power play-by-play announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.

This is great news for many fans who don’t have the NFL Network with their local cable company.

CBS reportedly will show a total of 14 Thursday night games and two Saturday evening games during the 2014-15 season. The remaining TNF games will air on NFL Network. Interestingly enough, the eight games on CBS will also be simulcast on the NFL Network so it sounds like a win-win for both networks.

“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” CBS Corporation President and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is. I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.”

Don't get to excited though fans because the agreement for the CBS broadcasts is only for the upcoming season. However it seems highly unlikey that if these games are a success on CBS that the NFL would pull the plug on future seasons.