CBS to split Thursday Night Football package with NFL Network

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has figured out a way to split up Thursday Night Football. CBS joins the party.

The NFL has spent the last few months trying to find a partner television network to co-promote Thursday Night Football, and at last we have a resolution. CBS will join NFL Network in producing and broadcasting the 2014 Thursday Night Football slate. The deal is for 2014, with the NFL holding an option to extend into 2015.

According to the press release, CBS will air eight TNF games to start the season, with the games simulcast on NFL Network. Then, NFL Network will get the final eight games, which includes two late-season Saturday games after TNF goes off the air.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will handle the play-by-play and in-game analysis duties. The pre-game, halftime and post-game shows will feature NFL Network hosts and analysts. I'm not overly excited about more Nantz and Simms in my life, but I'll find a way to survive.

As we look at the 49ers slate of opponents, and potential schedule, it will be interesting to see when the 49ers get one of these TNF matchups. Ideally one of those late season Saturday "TNF" games will be where the 49ers end up, but I doubt we'll be so lucky. This past season they faced the St. Louis Rams in Week 4 TNF. I could see another divisional matchup, or maybe we somehow see another Bears primetime game. Who knows.

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