CBS continues to revamp its football coverage with a significant promotion. Sports Illustrated is reporting Tracy Wolfson will be the sideline reporter for A games on the NFL on CBS. Wolfson, who has worked as the sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS since 2004, will join Jim Nantz and Phil Simms this fall for Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network, as well as any Sunday assignments. She will be the first full time sideline reporter used by CBS since they eliminated the position after 2005. Wolfson has worked limited NFL games during the past year and was the primary reporter during this past postseason. She will continue her role as the lead reporter for CBS's College Football coverage and as well as select NBA games for Turner Sports.
With Wolfson moving to NFL, CBS Sports Network's rising star Allie LaForce will be new SLR for the NFL on CBS. LaForce has worked the two NCAA tournaments and co-host a daily program on CBS Sports network, Lead Off has seen her stock rising with the network. She will join SEC on CBS's Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielsen.
This yet another major move in CBS's revamping of their NFL coverage. Since the season ended, the eye network has agreed to produce and (partially) simulcast Thursday Night Football with NFL Network. They brought in Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott to the NFL Today (jettisoning Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe), and they've hired Trent Green as a game analyst. With former FOX analyst Brian Billick a free agent, it is a possible CBS may continue to tinker with their talent to catch up to FOX's broadcast.