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Cowboys Owner to Head NFL Network Committee

The National Football League has tapped Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to head the organization’s NFL Network committee.

Joining Mr. Jones will be New England Patriots Chairman-CEO Robert Kraft, Denver Broncos President-CEO Pat Bowlen, St. Louis Rams owner/Vice Chairman Stan Kroenke and Carolina Panthers President Mark Richardson.

“My immediate and primary objective is to ensure broad distribution of NFL Network to our millions of fans across the land,” said Mr. Jones.

“Today there are more options than ever before for consumers in terms of choosing a television provider. Satellite companies like DirecTV and Dish Network and telecommunications companies like Verizon and AT&T offer NFL Network on broad packages without extra costs to consumers,” he said. “Those fans whose access to NFL Network is still being blocked by their cable provider will have both the opportunity and the incentive to switch providers if cable continues to deny customers the programming they want.”

Recently, the NFL Network has signed content deals with Apple’s iTunes, Sprint NFL Mobile, Sirius Satellite Radio, Verizon FiOS, MyNetworkTV and ION Networks. It also recently brought the NFL’s Internet operations in-house and began utilizing NFL Network video as the hub of NFL.com.

“NFL Network is an important long-term asset for the NFL,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “It is critical we ensure broad and affordable access to NFL Network to help better serve and grow our fan base.”

The NFL faces an ongoing battle with cable providers over the pricing of carrying the channel, and has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission claiming content discrimination.

(Editor: Horowitz)

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Matthew M. Polka

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What about giving consumers the choice to decide whether they want the NFL Network programming or not? The truth is that most people are not sports fans. However, the NFL and the NFL Network are depriving consumers of choice. The NFL Network are forcing cable operators to make all cable subscribers take and pay for the NFL Network, whether they care about football or not. That's just not right. Consumers who want the NFL Network should be able to receive it either a la carte or in sports tiers. But the NFL Network won't sell it that way. So, who is forced to pay? EVERY consumer. Go to www.sportschoicenow.org to take action and to tell the NFL that Consumers Want Choice!

fred

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Sorry Mr. Polka. Do your lobbying elsewhere. The competition is coming and if you continue to deny the programming your customers want, you should continue to lose subscribers. It's called America. Give the people what they want.

t-bone

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This is the same issue The Big Ten Network is having with Comcast. There is plenty of greed to go around. I blame both sides. Sit down and get a deal done.

jman

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I think it is only fair to let the NFL fill 24/7 with great NFL related entertainment. No one has forced the NFL to go out and invest in a new television program service. That is a choice that they made independently.
Similarly, I also want a choice. Not just to view or not, but to pay or not. Getting a deal done, to me, means giving it to those who want it at a cost, without burdening others who have no interest.
It only seems fair.

Lawrence Lombardo

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I am a HUGE NFL fan. That being said why is the NFL focused about cable companies putting the NFL network on a sports tier. The "argument" from the NFL is that access to NFL Network is still being blocked by cable providers. Technically the network is still available. So it may come with a cost, but it is still available. By the way, the NFL Network is not cheap for a cable or satellite provider to carry. What is not available is the NFL Sunday ticket to anyone except Direct TV customers. This is blocking 65.6 million cable customers as well as the multi millions of Dish TV customers. The number of Direct TV customers does not even com close to the rest of the number of TV subscribers. The NFL should focus on that if they want their product seen in as many homes as possible.

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What does this say about the currwnt management at NFL Network? Is this a vote of support by ownership or one of no confidence?

tony almonte

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Are these NFL owners and management the most arrogant people ever, or what?

sam schachter

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Tony, they are not arrogant at all. They have invested hndreds of millions for these franchises. It is a for profit business. They are fighting for two things: 1) profit and 2) protection of their brand.

Are they greedy? That's subjective.

The problem is the FCC's and not the NFL's. This will be a non issue when you can pick the cable programming you want and ditch the other junk. That creates other issues, yes. But fair is fair. If you think you should only pay for what you watch then get ready to lose a lot of cable networks that are on basic cable.

Zack

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I would switch to satillite today....except that the NFL has given no thought or care that I would also have to change my internet service if I drop my cable!

Buzz

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The NFL Created this problem and the details should have been worked out before the season started.

We have two major entities fighting over who is going to make the MOST money on the televised games and the Fans are the one getting the raw deal.

Jerry and the NFL can blame Time Warner if they want to. Time Warner stinks in my book anyway...But I use them because they are basically a descent cable company. Time WArner is a greedy company...no doubt. Hmmm They are also in business to make money, just like the NFL.

The NFL is greedy...Stop paying the players so much and you won't have that problem. The tickets have gone up to the games. If you go to a game you pay $5.00 for a .50 Coke/Pepsi or whatever.

Good lord people....Stop being greedy. Why don't you just go put all the games on the NFL Network, then I can just stop being a fan all together.

I still have my SPURS....They did win another Championship for S.A. They are a class organization...something I use to say about the Cowboys...

Jack Keeton

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Remove the "Holding" penalty along the line. (Maybe in-between the tackles). By doing this several things would take place. #1 The Quarterbacks would get BETTER PROTECTION ~ #2 The game would GO FASTER ~ #3 Running backs who make long runs would GET CREDIT for that yardage instead of the run or pass being called all the way back because some guard (maybe on the opposite side of the play) got called for a hold while trying to protect his Quarterback. IT’S A STUPID RULE. Times have changed and the game needs to change with it………. These players today are worth a lot more money than they were when the rules were made. I’m sure it would open the game up to longer passes and runs and be a much better game.

Jack Keeton

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Sorry bout the earlier venting, just wanted to get that in..............

In regards to the Cable ~ Satilight
As long as Fox 4 has The Cowboys I'm happy ~ except I miss my Monday night Football. Sunday night just isn't the same.

Gilbert Mata

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This is all about money and that is too sad. The fans suffer and the owners, NFL network executives fill their pockets to a spill-over.

jim crosby

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I think it is just another way for people to have to pay more and more to see their team.

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