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That game will be on local broadcast TV in Dallas and New Orleans, so our customers in the Dallas TV market will be able to watch it. (While we have customers in many parts of Louisiana, we don’t have any in the New Orleans TV market.)
For everyone else, the game will be on the NFL Network, which we continue to seek an agreement to add to our channel line up. As indicated last month, the NFL Network made us an offer in late September, which we verbally accepted. After exchanging contract drafts, the NFL Network withdrew the offer we had accepted.
It’s all very frustrating, to say the least. Still, we would very much like to add the NFL Network to our line up and we remain open to continued negotiations with them — focusing on the offer we already accepted, or any of the other, multiple attempts we’ve made to reach an agreement with them.
Then, the NFL Network withdrew the offer we had accepted.
A few weeks later, the NFL returned with a new proposal that included unacceptable costs and conditions.
To say we are frustrated would be an understatement. However, we remain open to continued discussions and a new offer from the NFL Network, including the offer that we already accepted or any of the other offers we have previously made to them.
While we obviously cannot make promises at this point, we remain open to adding the NFL Network to our line up in a manner that is fair to all of our customers — and we will let everyone know if we are able to reach an agreement that allows us to do that.
… Comcast wants to carry NFL Network, and we have been working hard to come to an agreement to do just that before our current contract with the NFL expires on May 1. In fact, we have offered to continue to carry the network under the terms of our current contract, but the NFL has refused.
You may wonder why. We’re asking the same question.
The NFL already makes more than $20 billion through long-term deals with ESPN, CBS, Fox, and NBC – more than the television-rights fees collected by the NBA, NHL, and NASCAR combined.
But the NFL wants more, and it’s trying to use its enormous market power to force millions of our customers to pay for games they have always seen for free.
We encourage anyone interested in this issue to read Cohen’s entire commentary; it’s well worth it.
For our part, Suddenlink remains ready to work with the NFL Network, if the Network will work with us to find a way to make its channel available to those who want it, without charging those who don’t.
… has acted like a bull in a China shop. It’s (their) way or the highway. That stinks for fans, but eventually, even in this economy, someone higher up ought to get it.
…The NFL needs to get (with) the program. They’re not ESPN and they never will be.
The NFL probably has too much hubris, even now, to fold up shop with the NFL Network and package the games it kept for itself up back to the TV Networks …
I understand greed and hubris as much as the next guy. Sometimes it pays off. But this isn’t one of those times. The good old fashioned greed of extorting the television networks, who will in turn extort the advertisers, who will gladly be extorted since they cherish the demographics of people who watch NFL games, seems to be the way to go.
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