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The National Football League's orbit has expanded so astronomically that it will elbow The Big Bang Theory from Thursday to Monday for several weeks this fall. Thursday Night Football premieres Sept. 11 on CBS with its lead broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The games will be simulcast on the NFL Network, which takes over the Thursday package at midseason with Nantz and Simms still in the booth.
CBS has partnered with the NFL to broadcast Thursday Night Footballfor the 2014 season, the network and the NFL announced Wednesday. CBS and the NFL Network will simultaneously broadcast eight early season games. The NFL Network will also air eight late-season games leading up to the playoffs, resulting in a total of 14 Thursday night games and two late-season games on Saturdays.
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