Texas Bowl Telecast Remains in Standoff

Dec 20, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The NFL Network and Cablevision Systems remained at loggerheads Wednesday over whether subscribers in the New York market will be able to see Rutgers University play in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28.

Cablevision Chief Operating Officer Thomas Rutledge sent a letter to NFL Network President Steve Bornstein urging NFL Network to put the game on a broadcast station so all area viewers could see it. But it also said it was willing to put the game on a broadcast basic channel, where it could be seen by all of Cablevision’s 3 million cable television customers.

The NFL Network, which wants a full week of its programming — including the Texas Bowl — carried, didn’t like the offer.

“We are very disappointed that Cablevision and the Dolan family have turned down the same free offer that we agreed to with Time Warner and other cable companies,” the network said in a statement. “It is very unfortunate that Cablevision customers in New Jersey and New York will not see the Rutgers bowl appearance and the NFL Network. Time Warner, Comcast and all satellite dish viewers in the area will be able to enjoy the game.”

Cablevision spokesman Jim Maiella said: “Dealing with the NFL Network is beginning to feel like dealing with Lucy and the football. We haven’t turned down anything. What part of ‘Yes, we will carry the Rutgers game to 100 percent of our customers’ do they not understand?”

(Editor: Liff)