Thursday Night Football Live Broadcast Coverage
CBS will televise eight Thursday night games in 2014 and will feature play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and color analyst Phil Simms on every game, according to a Wednesday announcement by CBS and the NFL.
In addition to broadcasting eight early season games, CBS will produce a total of 14 Thursday night games and two Saturday evening games. The remaining games will air on NFL Network.
The eight games on CBS will also be simulcast on the NFL Network.
NFL Network hosts will be used in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with the CBS Sports announcers.
Bryant Gumbel served as play-by-play announcer from 2006 through 2007, resigning in early 2008. He was replaced by Bob Papa. Cris Collinsworth was the color commentator until taking over for John Madden as lead analyst on NBC Sunday Night Football in 2009; Matt Millen succeeded him that year, with Joe Theismann joining as a second analyst in 2010. Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Mike Mayock have called the Thursday night games since 2011. There was no sideline reporter until 2009 when Scott Hanson assumed that role; Adam Schefter and Marshall Faulk of NFL Total Access have also contributed from the field at various times. Dick Vermeil served as color commentator for Saturday games in 2006.
For the 2014 season, Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color) will call the games.
Pregame, halftime and postgame coverage:
Each game telecast is preceded by NFL Total Access Kick Off. Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and either Marshall Faulk or Kurt Warner report live from the site of each game. The show generally begins two hours before game time (6 p.m. ET). The same Total Access team hosts the halftime and postgame shows.
In 2009, NFL Total Access on Location was replaced by Thursday Night Kickoff. The sponsors for Thursday Night Kickoff as of the 2013 NFL season are: Craftsman (pregame), KFC (pre-kick) and Lexus (halftime).
As of the 2014-15 season, the pre-game show will also incorporate CBS Sports talent; CBS will join the pre-game show in-progress at 7:30 p.m. ET during its games.
Games are shown in approximately 45 million cable and satellite households, and on broadcast stations in the media markets of the participating teams. The home-team broadcast is technically subject to the NFL’s blackout rule. These games can also be seen in Canada on Sportsnet (except for Buffalo Bills games, which are instead seen on Citytv) and in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports.
NFL Network also presented two preseason games before the 2006 season, using the staff that now works on this package. Spero Dedes was the play-by-play announcer, Sterling Sharpe was the analyst, and Kara Henderson was the sideline reporter.
The NFL on Westwood One Sports provides national radio broadcasts for the games, with Ian Eagle calling play-by-play, Randy Cross handling color analysis, and Hub Arkush on the sidelines for Thursday Night Football.