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CBS, NFLN using hybrid lineup for Thursday Night Football pregame

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The new approach to Thursday Night Football will include a new approach to the pregame show on Thursday nights.

According to Richard Deitsch of, the pregame show for all Thursday night games this year will be hosted by James Brown of CBS.  He’ll be joined by Bill Cowher of CBS, and Deion Sanders of NFL Network.

The pregame will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.  For the games to be simulcast on CBS and NFLN, the pregame show will be shown on both networks.  For the NFLN-only Thursday night games, the pregame show will only be shown on NFLN.

For all Thursday nights, NFLN will have a 90-minute pre-pregame show starting at 6:00 p.m. ET, according to Deitsch.

Sanders previously worked for CBS, but he left The NFL Today a decade ago after reportedly demanding that his $1 million salary be doubled.  Sanders thereafter unretired and spent two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Thursday night package could be at CBS, in theory, for an even shorter time.  The league and CBS have inked only a one-year contract for Thursday night games.  Other networks could get involved for 2015 and beyond.

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12 Responses to “CBS, NFLN using hybrid lineup for Thursday Night Football pregame”
  1. bucksfan141 says: May 10, 2014 4:31 PM

    I’m not looking forward to Phil Simms…

  2. throwthebomb says: May 10, 2014 4:36 PM

    Oh great CBS, the two worst people on NFLN is Michael Irvin & Deion Sanders.

    Now I have to get the mute button ready for all thursdday night pre-game shows again.

  3. TheWizard says: May 10, 2014 4:39 PM

    Brown has a face for radio.

  4. thegregwitul says: May 10, 2014 4:41 PM

    Pre-pre-game show? As a football fanatic all I have to say is this; Enough of the overkill.

  5. hounds64 says: May 10, 2014 4:48 PM

    bucksfan141 says:
    May 10, 2014 4:31 PM
    I’m not looking forward to Phil Simms…

    You need to follow @philsimmsquotes during a game! Priceless.

  6. roadtrip3500 says: May 10, 2014 4:53 PM

    Disney would probably love to put Thursday Night Football on ratings-starved ABC for the whole season (obviously omitting week 1 and Thanksgiving). Get a veteran PBP guy like Dave Sims and a quality game analyst who doesn’t think everyone is amazing… could be a good watch.

  7. onbucky96 says: May 10, 2014 5:10 PM

    Must be the monnnnney! Deon, if you say pay that man his money once, I swear I shall turn the station.

  8. jerrahsucks says: May 10, 2014 9:44 PM

    Worst crew in the history of televised football, Jim(hello friends)Nantz, Hillbilly Philly Simms, and James freaking Brown.

  9. footballhistorian says: May 10, 2014 10:15 PM

    ANYTHING with Freeon sux

  10. thetigerleg says: May 10, 2014 10:29 PM

    Wow. This news really changes everything for me. THINGS ARE GOING TO START HAPPENING TO ME NOW!

  11. thereyougo2 says: May 10, 2014 11:20 PM

    Does anyone really watch pre game shows with six to eight talking heads saying nothing. Telling whoever watches that a game is about to be played and then going out on a limb to tell you who’s coaching and playing QB.

    Take a walk, your about to be sitting for three hours. You don’t need to hear Jimmy’s antiqued ideas.

  12. tremoluxman says: May 11, 2014 10:34 AM

    Can someone tell me what that thing is that sits atop JB’s head? It’s either the worst toupe or hair cut since William Shatner’s in ‘The Wrath of Khan’.
    That hair line and hair color is as unnatural as Joan Rivers’ face. JB, it’s time to go natural. Please.

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