Here’s some good news for people who hate Jim Nantz and Phil Simms but love watching Thursday Night Football: You only have to deal with them for five games next year.
The NFL announced today that NBC and CBS will share the rights to broadcast Thursday Night Football next season. CBS will get five games, NBC will get five games, and NFL Network will exclusively broadcast 10 additional games (some of these will actually be late-season Saturday games). The upshot of this is that fans will be seeing a bit less of Phil Simms (always a good thing) and a lot more of Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth, who will be calling NBC’s games.
The more remarkable thing about this new deal is that the NFL is somehow squeezing even more money out of these notoriously crappy Thursday night games. CBS reportedly paid $300 million to carry the games last season, and Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand is reporting that the NFL is making even more money this time around:
The NFL won’t stop until it has devoured every dollar on the planet.
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