The Ray Rice controversy flipped the script for Thursday Night Football’s pregame show.
According to USA Today, CBS Sports decided to swap a segment featuring Rihanna and comedian Don Cheadle for CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell’s interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday (Sept. 10), alongside Thursday Night pregame host James Brown.
“It’s important to realize we are not overeacting to this story, but it is as big a story as has faced the NFL,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com, who broke the news of the TNF switch-up. “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage. A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
The opener is slated to broadcast next week.