NFL Network to Stay on Comcast as Talks Proceed
Citing "productive discussions," network says it will remain on cable systems past Thursday-night contract expiration
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/30/2009 5:43:58 PM
That is because the two sides are continuing to talk about a new deal, said the network in a statement.
"Comcast and the NFL are engaged in productive discussions toward a new agreement for NFL Network carriage on Comcast," said the e-mailed statement. "NFL Network will continue to be carried on Comcast systems past tonight's scheduled expiration of the current contract while both sides continue these productive discussions. We are both working to find a solution that works for NFL fans and Comcast's customers."
The NFL and Comcast are currently awaiting the outcome of a hearing on the NFL's program carriage complaint against Comcast.
It isn't clear if the NFL Network would drop that program carriage complaint if it strikes a new carriage deal with Comcast, since the heart of the complaint was the NFL's disatisfaction with Comcast's current carriage terms--on a separate sports tier--which it says are discriminatory.
Asked if that would be the case, NFL spokesman Dan Masonson would only say: "We have no further comment today."
A Comcast spokesperson would not comment beyond the official statement.
Its almost inevitable that the leech on the cable lineup that is the NFL Network will continue to leech off of Comcast and the threat that Comcast was going can the network from its lineup.
When you look at what the other networks that are involved in the sports lineup show the NHL Network shows games on Wednesdays and Saturdays with live games, the MLB Network shows live games on Saturdays and various other nights during the week, the NBA network shows games typically on a Tuesday and this is during the Regular Season and NOT just through the run to the playoffs.
Its clear that Goodell and the Owners are wanting to shove this network down the throats of those of us that can give a damn about the network lasting, but if they want to really make it worth EVERYONE involved why not show games on a Sunday so those of us whom don't have DirecTV or Dish Network don't have to pay for a BS Regular Season plan.
The NFL Network needs to go away because yeah I want football...but the kind I want has a "C" before the FL in it!
Joshua L. Curtis - 5/1/2009 12:53:49 AM EDT
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