NFL Network in Patriots Cable Fray

Nov 13, 2008  •  Post A Comment

New England Patriot fans in the Northeast who don’t live in the Boston metropolitan area and Manchester N.H. will have to search for the game tonight versus the New York Jets on the NFL Network, a cable channel that only about 40% of U.S. homes get, the Wall Street Journal says. The quandary represents the balance the NFL has to keep since it moved eight regular-season games to its cable channel in 2006 and tried to get cable companies to pay about 75 cents per subscriber each month to include the channel on their basic packages, the paper says. Last year, the NFL put a Patriots game carried by the NFL Network on CBS and NBC to increase distribution, the paper points out.
—Greg Baumann

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  1. I think I see the problem here – Comcast and Time Warner reportedly have ~ 32 – 35 million basic cable subscribers combined; at 75 cents per sub per month, that’s about $300 million per year (from just two cable companies) for 8 football games and 24 X 7 broadcasting of game replays and nonsense analysis; progamming that is already available on several other sports networks. It should be on a sports tier for those who want to watch it, if it should exist at all.

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