NFL announces that CBS will televise 8 Thursday night games next fall

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL says CBS will televise eight of its Thursday night games next season.

CBS won bidding for the rights. The games, which will air locally on WKBT, will be simulcast on the NFL Network and come during the first half of the season. The league's cable network will keep six second-half Thursday games for itself. The deal also includes two Saturday games, although it still hasn't been determined who will telecast them.

The NFL says the contract is for one year, and the league has an option to extend it for 2015. The CBS lead broadcasting team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be in the booth for all 16 games.

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