Free agent 'Inside the NFL' to huddle up at Showtime


"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 run through Feb. 11.

A talent announcement isn't expected until July, though the hosts are likely to include at least one person from CBS Sports. Others could come from other networks; Bob Costas and Cris Collinsworth worked for "Inside the NFL" while working for NBC Sports, but they aren't expected to return to the show.

Dan Marino, who works on CBS' "The NFL Today," was one of "Inside the NFL's" four hosts since 2001.

"Inside the NFL," which features recaps and previews of NFL games, had aired on HBO for 31 years before executives said 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.

"Inside the NFL" will be "a perfect fit with our original scripted series and sports programming," Showtime Networks chairman and CEO Matthew Blank said.