Hours after Rihanna criticized CBS Sports for leaving her rendition of the Jay Z song ‘Run This Town’ out of last week’s broadcast, the network announced there would be changes in future broadcasts as well.
“Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open,” said CBS senior vice president of communications Jen Sabatelle in a statement. “We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”
The opening featuring Rihanna was removed last week as the network looked to take a more serious tone before the Ravens-Steelers broadcast to address the issues of domestic violence in the league.
Until Tuesday’s announcement, Rihanna’s opening song had been scheduled to appear on Thursday Night Football for the rest of the season.