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Thursday Night Football Now on CBS
To say it lightly, I am a Football fanatic. I love everything about the game, including my fantasy football team, and my home team – the 49ers. But above all I am a cordcutter and as anyone without cable knows, watching sports can be difficult without the right equipment. It is for this reason that my all time favorite Cable TV Alternative is my Mohu Antenna.
With my antenna I am able to watch Sunday Football in HD for free. The bad news was that even with an antenna you were not able to watch Thursday Night Football. Until now…
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Update: 02.03.16 – The number of Thursday Night Football games accessible via an antenna will grow to 10 games in 2016 and 2017, from 8 games in 2014 and 2015. NBC and CBS have agreed to pay $450,000,000 for this privilege, combined each year – over the next two years. Learn more
Earlier this year (January 2014 to be exact) we heard reports about how the NFL was planning to sub-license up to eight Thursday Night Football games to a broadcaster not named NFL Network. At the time, I did not think much of it. I figured either the NFL Network would up the ante, or a network like ESPN would capitalize on this opportunity. And neither option broadcasts over-the-air, so this news went in one ear and out the other.
Then the big news hit. On February 5, 2014, CBS announced that it had won the rights to co-produce and broadcast (with NFL Network) 8 Thursday Night Football games for the 2014 season. Specifically this means that Thursday night games from Weeks 2 through 8 will simulcast on both CBS and the NFL Network. Then starting in week 9, NFL Network will take the reins for the rest of the season.
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.”
“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” said Goodell. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”
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Thursday Night Football Schedule
Sound good? Well it gets even better. Because CBS has invested so much into this deal, the NFL has put a huge emphasis on the importance of Thursday night football. What this means for us is that a large majority of Thursday Night games this year will feature division rivals. Here is a complete schedule of the Thursday Night games that will now be aired on CBS and will be accessible for free in HD with an antenna:
- Week 2, Sept. 11 – Steelers at Ravens
- Week 3, Sept. 18 – Buccaneers at Falcons
- Week 4, Sept. 25 – Giants at Redskins
- Week 5, Oct. 2 – Vikings at Packers
- Week 6, Oct. 9 – Colts at Texans
- Week 7, Oct. 16 – Jets at Patriots
- Week 8, Oct. 23 – Chargers at Broncos
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So I hope that you are as excited about this development as I am. 8 more games for free in HD! Yes.. I am pumped! If have not done much research on Antennas yet, I urge you to get moving asap. Football season is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss a single game. That means ordering an Antenna now, so you can work out the installation details well in time for the first snap. To help you get pumped up here is a link to NFL’s recent highlight videos.
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As always, comments are welcome and encouraged. Cheers!
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