CBS and NBC each will broadcast five NFL “Thursday Night Football” games in 2016 and ’17 under terms of a new deal announced Monday for that night’s prime-time package.
For the past two seasons, CBS and NFL Network have simulcast eight games, with the rest of the Thursday schedule shown exclusively on the NFL Network, using CBS’ game production and lead announcing team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
Under the new plan CBS will show five early season games and NBC five late-season games, both using their lead NFL teams, which in NBC’s case means Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Each network will produce four of the NFL Network’s exclusive games also.
NBC’s opening night and Thanksgiving games are not part of the Thursday night package. Some late-season Saturday games will be part of the “Thursday” slate.
CBS and NBC each will pay $225 million per year for the privilege, Sports Business Daily reported. The NFL plans to sell digital streaming rights for the games separately.