NFL awards Thursday contract to CBS

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2011, file photo, an NFL on CBS sign is displayed before an NFL football game pitting the Tennessee Titans against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. There's been no reported progress in negotiations between CBS Corp. and Time Warner, which has blocked CBS programming from its customers' homes in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York since Aug. 2. Meanwhile, Time Warner customers caught in the middle will miss third and fourth round competition in the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The tournament's finals are next weekend, along with opening weekend in the National Football League.  (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2011, file photo, an NFL on CBS sign is displayed before an NFL football game pitting the Tennessee Titans against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. There's been no reported progress in negotiations between CBS Corp. and Time Warner, which has blocked CBS programming from its customers' homes in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York since Aug. 2. Meanwhile, Time Warner customers caught in the middle will miss third and fourth round competition in the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The tournament's finals are next weekend, along with opening weekend in the National Football League. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

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

CBS won bidding for the games, an increasingly valuable property for network television. The games will be simulcast on the NFL Network and come during the first half of the season. The league’s cable network will keep the second-half games for itself.

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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