Press release from Fox Sports, April 18, 2018:
FOX Sports Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan will headline a new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW live from New York City for the 2018 NFL season. Beginning in Week 4, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will air at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network and NFL Network, taking viewers up to kickoff.
Each and every week of 2018 Thursday Night Football, Presented by Bud Light schedule will begin at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with TNF GAMEDAY. The Hall of Fame cast from NFL Network will get viewers ready for the NFL week and set the table for the upcoming Thursday Night game leading into the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW. Over the next hour, the trio of Bradshaw, Long and Strahan, with additional insight and commentary from NFL Network analysts, will breakdown the night’s matchup from all angles and provide the final say leading up to kickoff. (Complete talent details will be announced prior to the start of the 2018 season)
In January, FOX Sports was awarded a five-year deal for Thursday Night Football that includes games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
“Securing this trio of hall-of-famers to lead our inaugural THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW was paramount in continuing the NFL’s goal of establishing this night as appointment viewing,” said Eric Shanks, President and Executive Producer FOX Sports. “Terry, Howie and Michael, along with our partners at NFL Network, will set the weekly tone with expert analysis and special guests for a dynamic lead-in to each Thursday Night matchup.”
As the host of the THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW, Strahan, a veteran on-air personality covering news, sports and entertainment is the first former professional athlete in the host role on a FOX NFL studio show. Strahan, Bradshaw and Long remain analysts on FOX NFL SUNDAY alongside Emmy-nominated host Curt Menefee and former coach Jimmy Johnson.
“I’m very fortunate to be a part of award winning teams with Good Morning America and FOX NFL Sunday,” said Strahan. “I am looking forward to expanding FOX’s presence with the NFL and bringing the viewers a great evening of Thursday Night Football.”
In its 25th season of NFL coverage, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be FOX Sports first New York City-based live NFL studio show, complementing FOX NFL SUNDAY, the No. 1 NFL pregame show for the last 24 seasons and the network’s signature program, of which Bradshaw and Long have been an integral part since its inception in 1994.
The new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be produced by Executive Vice President, Production, Bill Richards, who also oversees FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY.