(New York, NY) The complete pregame and postgame talent roster for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and CBS is set. Joining the previously announced set featuring host James Brown and analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher will be an additional set featuring host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci.
Every Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Eisen will kick off the NFL week with Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci live from outside the stadium on NFL Total Access Kickoff. The cast will provide news and analysis of the upcoming matchup, as well as highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium as fans arrive for every Thursday Night Football game on CBS and NFL Network.
At 7:30 PM ET, Brown, Sanders and Cowher anchor NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network during Weeks 2-8 and air exclusively on NFL Network during Weeks 9-12 and 14-16. During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS and NFL Network.
Brown, Sanders and Cowher also will appear on NFL Total Access Kickoff in the 6:00-7:30 PM ET window, while Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will appear within NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from 7:30 PM ET to kickoff.
Additionally, throughout the course of the 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network and CBS analysts such as Tony Gonzalez, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie McGinest, Terrell Davis and more will appear on-location on both the NFL Total Access Kickoff and NFL Thursday Night Kickoff pregame shows.
Immediately following each game, the Mazda Postgame Show airs live from the stadium on NFL Network and CBS. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders reprise their wildly entertaining postgame show, providing highlights, analysis and live interviews. Each week, a player or coach from the winning team will join the crew on-set to discuss the victory, receive a gift bag which will vary each week and leave their handprints on the Winning Hands wall.
The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson. The Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore.
2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule
(Kickoff times are 8:25 PM, ET unless otherwise noted)
Sept. 11 (Week 2): Steelers at Ravens Nov. 6 (Week 10): Browns at Bengals
Sept. 18 (Week 3): Buccaneers at Falcons Nov. 13 (Week 11): Bills at Dolphins
Sept. 25 (Week 4): Giants at Redskins Nov. 20 (Week 12): Chiefs at Raiders
Oct. 2 (Week 5): Vikings at Packers Dec. 4 (Week 14): Cowboys at Bears
Oct. 9 (Week 6): Colts at Texans Dec. 11 (Week 15): Cardinals at Rams
Oct. 16 (Week 7): Jets at Patriots Dec. 18 (Week 16): Titans at Jaguars
Oct. 23 (Week 8): Chargers at Broncos Dec. 20 (Week 16): Eagles at Redskins*
Oct. 30 (Week 9): Saints at Panthers Dec. 20 (Week 16): Chargers at 49ers*
Weeks 2-8 and one of the Saturday games from Week 16 will be broadcast by CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, including one of the Saturday games during Week 16 will be televised on NFL Network.
*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco will be determined at a later date.
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(New York, NY) CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship on Sunday, Aug. 10 (3:00-9:00 PM, ET), which saw Rory McIlroy win the Wanamaker Trophy, earned an average household rating/share of 6.0/13, up 36% from last year’s 4.4/10 in the Nielsen metered markets.
This year’s 6.0/13 marks the highest-rated final round in five years (2009; 7.5/17; Y.E. Yang won with Tiger Woods finishing second).
This year’s final-round rating peaked with a 9.2/17 from 8:00-8:30 PM, ET.
CBS Sports’ final-round coverage also was up 54% from 2012’s 3.9/8 when McIlroy won his first PGA Championship.
CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship on Saturday, Aug. 9 (2:00-7:15 PM, ET) was the highest-rated third round in five years with an average HH rating/share of 3.2/8, up 7% from last year’s 3.0/8 in the metered markets. This year’s third-round rating peaked with a 3.8/10 from 5:00-5:30 PM, ET.
Join Don Henderson and Doug Miles on “Sports Talk” tonight (Monday 7PM) for more on Rory’s win at the PGA and everything else that went on this weekend in sports.
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Doug Miles and Ed Schneider to call Tampa Bay High School Game of the Week
(Sarasota, FL) Milestone Productions will produce online broadcasts of a Tampa Bay High School Football Game of the Week series for the 2014 season beginning Friday August 22nd with a Kickoff Classic game featuring the North Port Bobcats vs. Booker Tornadoes from Sarasota, FL at 7:30 p.m. Games will be broadcast live on Friday nights via Ustream.tv and podcasts will be posted at www.dougmilesmedia.com.
Doug Miles will handle the play-by-play duties and Ed Schneider will be the color analyst. This is the second season Miles and Schneider will call a “game of the week” series in Tampa Bay. Doug Miles has also called games for Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton Prep, Sarasota, Booker and Venice High Schools and is the play-by-play announcer for the Sarasota Millionaires Football team in the Florida Football Alliance. Schneider has been color analyst on Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Millionaires broadcasts in addition to the Game of the Week series.
Video postgame shows will be available on YouTube and MaxPreps.com. A weekly preview and recap show will air on BlogTalkRadio.com and podcast on www.dougmilesmedia.com. The complete broadcast schedule (subject to change) is available at www.dougmilesmedia.com. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available.
Schedule of games (Subject to change as season progresses):
08/22/2014 7:30 pm North Port vs. Booker at Booker High School
08/29/2014 7:30 pm Booker vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School
09/05/14 7:30 pm Bayshore vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School
09/12/14 7:30 pm Venice vs. Riverview at Riverview High School
09/19/14 7:30 pm Braden River vs. Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch High School (DISTRICT)
09/26/14 7:30 pm Manatee vs. Southeast at Southeast High School
10/02/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Braden River at Braden River High School (DISTRICT)
10/10/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Venice at Venice High School
10/17/14 7:30 pm North Port vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School (DISTRICT)
10/24/14 7:30 pm Palmetto vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School (DISTRICT)
10/31/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Lakewood Ranch at Lakewood Ranch High School (DISTRICT)
11/07/14 7:30 pm Riverview vs. Sarasota Sailors at Sarasota High School
11/14/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS) TBA
11/21/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS TBA
11/28/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS) TBA
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune sports columnnist Doug Fernandes is battling a form of leukemia. This report courtesy of WWSB’s Don Brennan.
(New York, NY) Thursday Night Football launches its first-ever Network television coverage with a primetime special, “Under The Lights”, on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network and also on NFL Network on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET).
CBS Sports’ lead NFL play-by-play announcer and the voice of Thursday Night Football Jim Nantz will host the one-hour special that will celebrate some of the greatest and most memorable moments in the history of prime time football and preview the Thursday Night Football schedule.
The special will revisit classic primetime moments in NFL history and feature conversations between CBS and NFL stars including Mark Harmon, Tom Selleck, LL Cool J, Billy Gardell, Jerry Rice, Andrew Luck, Jadaveon Clowney, Ben Roethlisberger, Earl Campbell and Julio Jones as they recall their fondest and most memorable primetime moments. Campbell and Clowney talk about what it means to be a rookie in Houston, while Harmon and Luck talk Pac 10 (Pac 12) football and what it means to play in prime time.
CBS and NFL Network will begin its Network debut coverage of Thursday Night Football on September 11 with the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Baltimore Ravens. Nantz and Phil Simms, along with Tracy Wolfson reporting, will call the action. The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team.
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