CBS gets another shot at Thursday Night Football

It will be another busy year for Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

CBS and the NFL will continue their partnership for 2015. The same parameters will be in place. CBS will air the first eight Thursday night games of the package, starting with Week 2; they also will be simulcast on NFL Network. The remaining Thursday games will be exclusively on NFL Network.

Nantz and Simms will be on the call for all the games, as was the case this year. The deal is valued at an estimated $300 million per year.

It’s a good deal for both parties. The games did strong ratings on CBS, averaging 16 million viewers.

“I could not be more proud of the job the CBS Sports team did in conjunction with our partners at the NFL in producing, branding and positioning Thursday Night Football as a television destination for viewers,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. “The awareness and viewership for Thursday Night Football grew dramatically in 2014, and we look forward to continuing this trend.”

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