'Inside the NFL' moving to Showtime
Show ran on HBO for 31 years
"Inside the NFL" is switching teams: The long-running HBO show is moving to rival pay cable network Showtime in the fall.
The NFL studio show, produced by Showtime's corporate sibling CBS Sports and NFL Films, will air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 10 and running through Feb. 11.
A talent announcement isn't expected until July, though the hosts are likely to comprise one CBS Sports talent along with other non-CBS talent. Those could be from other networks, such as Bob Costas and Cris Collinsworth, who worked for "Inside the NFL" while working for NBC Sports, but aren't expected to return to the show. CBS' Dan Marino also has co-hosted the series.
"NFL," which features recaps and previews of NFL games, had aired on HBO for 31 years before executives announced in February that the show would be ending its run on the channel, citing a more competitive TV landscape as the primary factor in their decision.
At Showtime, the deal was made possible by CBS Sports' long relationship with the NFL, and by CBS Sports president Sean McManus and Showtime execs.
"NFL" will be "a perfect fit with our original scripted series and sports programming," Showtime Networks chairman/CEO Matthew Blank said.
Kimberly Nordyke reported from Los Angeles; Paul J. Gough reported from New York.
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