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CBS Lands NFL Thursday Night Games for 2014 Season

NFLONCBSCBS has won the rights to air eight early season NFL games on Thursday nights during the 2014 season, CBS and the NFL announced today.

The early season package of games will be simulcasted on The NFL Network, who will exclusively televise eight late season games. The mix of games will feature 14 on Thursday nights and two late season games on Saturday.

“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is excited at the opportunity to reach a wider audience: “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”

All games will be produced by CBS with its broadcast duo of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling Thursday night games. NFL Network talent will also be featured on CBS games during pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.

The deal is for the 2014 season with the NFL holding an option for an additional year.

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Replacement Refs on Tap for ‘Reliable Sources’

Tomorrow on “Reliable Sources” Howard Kurtz tackles this week’s coverage of the NFL officiating story. Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports is his guest. On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, husband of former Fox News anchor Jane Skinner, sent a note to the millions of NFL fans apologizing for the now-resolved labor strife.

I believe in accountability, not excuses. And I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game. You deserve better.

As a lifelong fan, this wasn’t an easy process for anyone involved. I particularly want to commend the replacement officials for taking on an unenviable task and doing it with focus and dedication in the most adverse of circumstances.

See Goodell’s full note after the jump. In the meantime, here’s how “Saturday Night Live’s” Thursday edition took on the issue:

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NFL Films President Steve Sabol Dies At 69

Steve Sabol, one of the preeminent sports documentarians of all time, and the president of NFL Films, has died at age 69 after a battle with brain cancer.

Sabol, who spent the last 50 years of his life working for the NFL, pioneered a slew of storytelling techniques that have become commonplace on sports programming around the world. “Super slow motion, wireless mics on players, reverse angle replays, follies films, and custom composed musical scores. All that’s standard stuff today, but before NFL Films it was unheard of,” The NFL writes in its official obituary for Sabol.

“Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”

The recipient of a slew of awards and accolades over his career, Sabol received 35 Emmy Awards, running the gamut from writing and directing to producing and editing.

Sabol was the son of Ed Sabol, another video pioneer, who with his son helped found NFL Films in 1962. Steve Sabol presented his father as the elder Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Warren Sapp’s ‘Snitch’ Comment, And The Challenge It Presents for League-Owned TV Networks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell punished the New Orleans Saints and members of its coaching staff earlier this week for paying players to hit opposing players hard and knock them out of the game. Sunday evening CNN takes a closer look at the bounty program in a special report:

There is also a media angle to the bounty story. Former player Warren Sapp–now a commentator on NFL Network–said on Twitter that former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the “snitch.” NFL Network ended up discussing Sapp’s comments, and naming Shockey, on air.

In response, Shockey denied the allegation, and is calling on the NFL to punish Sapp:

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CBS, FOX, NBC Extend NFL Deals Through 2022

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hold a news conference this afternoon to announce the league has extended its TV partnerships with FOX, CBS and NBC through the 2022 season — the longest extension ever between the league and TV partners.

  • CBS keeps the AFC package of Sunday afternoon games it acquired in 1998. CBS first began televising NFL games in 1956 and carried the NFC package from 1970 through 1993.
  • FOX will continue with the NFC package of Sunday afternoon games that it acquired in 1994.
  • NBC will continue with Sunday Night Football games it acquired in 2006. NBC will continue to televise the Thursday night NFL season Kickoff game to open each season and will add the annual Thanksgiving primetime game starting in 2012.

CBS, FOX and NBC will each televise three Super Bowls during the term. NBC will carry Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona in 2015, Super Bowl LII in 2018 and Super Bowl LV in 2021. CBS will broadcast Super Bowl L in 2016, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and Super Bowl LVI in 2022. FOX will televise Super Bowl LI in 2017, Super Bowl LIV in 2020 and Super Bowl LVII in 2023.

More in the release after the jump…

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Video: "The Big Show" Attempts To Cast ESPN Movie

Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick took their best shot at casting the upcoming ESPN movie Thursday on Countdown.

Dubbed “The Big Show,” during their ESPN days, the two are still a riot together after all these years.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Greece Lightning, Murdoch's Bible, and Legal Drugs

Come on inside and cool down with a nice tall glass of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” the show that gives you semi-relevant information about the five things that everyone is going to be talking about. In this week’s episode, we dance, do drugs, and talk about the News International scandal (among other things).

Video: BBC Coverage of Clemens Trial Includes Interview with Reporter Who Knows Nothing About Baseball

Ben Walker is the Associated Press baseball editor. Unfortunately for the BBC, the person they turned to for commentary about the Roger Clemens trial was not Ben Walker, but Michael Wolff of Newser, whose hilarious response makes this video worth the while.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

Video: Alabama’s Ingram cries after getting email from imprisoned dad at NFL Draft

Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, was selected 28th overall by the New Orleans Saints last night – the same draft slot his father, Mark Sr., went to the Giants as a wide receiver out of Michigan State back in 1987. The father is currently serving seven years in prison for money laundering and bank fraud, but last night he sent an email to ESPN’s Suzy Kolber, congratulating his son on being drafted. Kolber read the email to his son right after the younger Ingram was drafted.

Yeah, it’s about to get a little dusty where you are, provided you have a soul.

 

Penguins re-up with Root Sports for next two decades

Even though they had three years remaining on their television deal with Root Sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to re-up early with the local cable network in a deal that runs through the 2028-2029 season. Financial terms of the arrangement have not been disclosed.

The Penguins have been the top-rated regional hockey team the last four seasons. Root Sports reaches 2.4 million cable- and satellite-homes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, and it is also the exclusive rights holder for Pirates games.

(Source: Fox Sports)

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