NFL gives part of Thursday package to CBS

Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) celebrates after defeating the Bills 37-24 in a Thursday Night...

Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) celebrates after defeating the Bills 37-24 in a Thursday Night football game in 2013. (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

The National Football League is becoming omnipresent.

So much so, that were Dandy Don Meredith still around, there would be no room for him to warble “turn out the lights” because it is getting to a point where the lights are no longer turned out. Ever.

Somewhere, there is an NFL game just a TV remote away.

A generation ago, football fans were lucky if a game of the week blinked across the black-and-white screen of the old Philco. Then came Monday Night Football, and all-day Sunday football and sports networks, then expanded playoffs and even the occasional Saturday cameo spot.

Now comes word that Thursday Night Football — which Canadian fans already got to experience this past season as part of the NFL Network’s simulcast with Sportsnet — will air on CBS for eight weeks early in the 2014 season in a simulcast with the NFL Network.


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