CBS’ Thursday Night Football pregame show will be coming to us from the corner of 21st and Prime. Deion Sanders will join Bill Cowher and James Brown as the main group on Thursday nights, according to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. Football games from weeks 2-8 and Week 16 will air on both CBS and NFL Network, after the opening “kickoff” game in Week 1 airs on NBC.
Its schedule includes major fan favorites such as the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s a one-year deal, but CBS plans to open up its wallet again if the ratings are as high as expected.
CBS let Pro Football Hall of Famers and longtime announcers Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe go in February, adding recently retired NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez to the crew. Sanders, also a Hall of Famer, used to be a part of the network’s Sunday NFL team, but left in 2004, reportedly because of a money dispute. Sanders replacement then – was Shannon Sharpe. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, even in the broadcast booth.
Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher’s name is constantly involved in coaching rumors, but so far he has opted to stay right where he is.