CBS Sports Net to Debut First NFL Programming with NFL Monday QB

CBS Sports Network has its first taste of NFL programming. NFL Monday QB debuts Sept. 10 and will serve as a next-day breakdown of some of the biggest games and plays from the previous NFL Sunday from the quarterback perspective.

“I think it’s a big game-changer,” says Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “You don’t want to have a sports cable network without regularly scheduled NFL programming. This is just the start for us. We hope to work with the NFL to develop more programming and we plan on doing so around, especially around the week of the Super Bowl.”

McManus added that the idea for the show became clear when analyzing the deep talent pool on former NFL quarterbacks that currently work for CBS Sports. Led by THE NFL ON CBS lead analyst and Super Bowl XXI MVP, Phil Simms; Super Bowl XXXVII quarterback and 2002 NFL MVP, Rich Gannon; and 17-year veteran and 1999 NFL All Pro quarterback, Steve Beuerlein, NFL Monday QB will focus on how quarterback play impacted the games, key plays, clutch drives, crucial decisions, star performances, and winning and losing efforts.

“We didn’t recall seeing a show produced on a regular basis from the quarterback’s perspective,” says McManus. “We thought we were uniquely qualified to do that and it was a great way to introduce NFL programming to the CBS Sports Network. I think its a great concept and its step 1 in a series of many steps for us.”

Additional contributors during selected weeks will include other quarterbacks from THE NFL ON CBS roster such as Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Dan Fouts, and Super Bowl XXIII quarterback and 1988 NFL MVP, Boomer Esiason.

Adam Schein hosts from the CBS Sports Network studio at Chelsea Piers in New York, and the quarterbacks weigh in from various parts of the country.

NFL Monday QB continues the expansion of CBS Sports Network programming around CBS Sports’ marquee properties. The one-hour show debuts Sept. 10 at a special season-opening time (5 p.m., ET) due to the opening Monday night doubleheader. After Week 1, NFL Monday QB airs weekly through Super Bowl XLVII (6:30 p.m., ET).

“I’ve been wanting to do a show like this for years,” said Simms in a CBS release.  “Now we have the opportunity to do a totally different show than anyone has ever seen.  The fans are going to find out, even though it’s going to be all quarterbacks, we all see it differently.  I’m really looking forward to hearing everyone’s opinions and getting a few things off my chest right after the games on Mondays.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

CBS Sports Network coordinating producer Drew Kaliski produces.  Steve Karasik and Tyler Hale serve as Executive Producers of NFL MONDAY QB.

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