NFL Network to Appeal Comcast Ruling

May 10, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The NFL Network is expected to appeal today’s ruling that cable operator Comcast can put the channel on its sports tier rather than a more broadly distributed tier.
The NFL Network sued Comcast charging that the operator’s plan to move the channel violated provisions in their distribution contract, but those claims were rejected by a New York Supreme Court judge.
“The final word on this issue is most likely going to come from the appellate courts,” NFL Network said in a statement. “If this decision is upheld, the biggest harm will be to consumers. They will have to pay more for less.”
NFL Network last season added live regular season games in an effort to convince cable operators to pay its hefty subscription fee and make it available to the largest number of subscribers. On a sports tier, a subscriber pays extra to receive extra channels devoted to sports. Most networks would prefer to be on extended basic or digital basic tier in order to reach more customers.
But Comcast holds the opposite view.
“We bargained explicitly for the right to place the NFL network on a sports tier because it is the best and fairest solution for all our customers,” said Dave Cohen, executive VP, Comcast Corp., in a statement. “This decision means that our customers who are NFL fans will be able to watch the NFL Network without burdening those who are not NFL fans with extra costs.”
Some cable operators have balked at carrying the NFL Network. Last year, NFL Network failed to reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable and the two sides engaged in a nasty advertising war publicizing the games subscribers would be missing.
(Editor: Romanelli)


  1. Where I live Comcast offers poor service.
    My problem. I live under a canopy of live oak trees or I would have been long gone to DirectTV
    and AT&T internet.

  2. Good post, thanks

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