On a solemn CBS pregame show, James Brown made a powerful plea to stop domestic violence

September 12, 2014 1:58 AM

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Given the sobering events surrounding the Baltimore Ravens this week and the unfortunate scheduling of those very same Ravens on the inaugural broadcast of Thursday Night Football, CBS wisely toned down its pregame show on Thursday, devoting the first 25 minutes to a news-based recap and analysis of the Ray Rice situation.

Gone was the planned Rihanna intro, replaced with live reports from NFL headquarters by former New York Times reporter Judy Battista. Instead of a comedy bit, Norah O’Donnell sat with host James Brown for a recap of her Tuesday interview with embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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