Watching Thursday Night Football will be a little easier this season with news that CBS will televise eight games in 2014.
The shift widens the audience for Thursday night games, offering a way to watch for those who don't subscribe to the NFL Network as part of their cable/satellite package. The league made an official announcement on Thursday, and will also encompass the return of Saturday Night Football -- two game late-season, presumably to avoid College Football.
Thursday Night Football has a tendency to be sloppy games with hurting players on short rest, but it's not going anywhere soon. Ratings are too high and there remains an insatiable appetite for as much football as possible during the regular season. It widens the scope of the NFL's year-round dominance to weekly dominance, with the possibility of football on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday each week.
CBS will hold the contract through 2014, with an option for 2015.