Published On: Fri, Feb 7th, 2014

Les Moonves Ties Up Thursday Night NFL TV Rights For CBS Sports

Moonves, President and CEO of  the CBS Corp continues  and deepens the network’s long term relationship with the NFL.

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Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of  the CBS Corp has once again teamed up with the National Football League  to televise Thursday Night Football during  the 2014 season.

According to a statement released by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,  CBS will air eight early season games, that will also simultaneously be broadcast on  NFL’s own network.   CBS  has also agreed to allow the NFL Network to televise eight late-season games in the run-up to the playoffs, towards the end of the season.

Commenting on the agreement, Commissioner Goodell stated  that the NFL Network has succeeded in making  Thursday evening a special event for NFL fans.  “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.” Goodall summed up.

In reply to Goodall’s statement, Les Moonves confirmed his pleasure in being able to continue to build on CBS’s  outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights.  “I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.” Moonves surmised.

 

Les Moonves graduated from Bucknell University in 1971 with a degree in Spanish.

In his early career, Moonves was an actor, landing a few television roles, playing tough guys on Cannon and The Six Million Dollar Man  before joining Lorimar Television in 1985 as executive in charge of its movies and mini-series, and in 1988, became head of creative affairs.

From 1989 to 1993, Moonves was appointed President at Lorimar, leaving them in. July 1993, to become President/CEO of Warner Bros. Television, when Warner Bros. amalgamated with Lorimar.

Les Moonves made his last career move in 1995 when he joined CBS, initially as president of CBS Entertainment.  From April 1998 until 2003, he was President and Chief Executive Officer at CBS Television, then was promoted to Chairman and CEO of CBS in 2003. During this time (2003), CBS became America’s most watched television network, going from last to first.

Among the shows that have given CBS a new lease on life is the CSI franchise and Survivor. CBS had six of the ten most-watched primetime shows in the final quarter of 2005: In February 2005, Moonves was identified as the executive directly responsible for ordering the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise and the ending of the 18-year Star Trek television franchise.

 

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