A budget that came in below expectations is making for frayed nerves at NFL Network, which has been forced to cut $20 million from its budget, The New York Post reports.
The network has already cut five shows, including one featuring Deion Sanders, with others in jeopardy.
“The less-than-hoped-for budget has made negotiations with on-air personnel tense, and there is a feeling some will either not be retained or be forced to take pay cuts, according to sources,” The Post reports. “The moves have been made as part of the NFL’s overall budget, which includes what is expected to be an amped-up celebration of the NFL’s 100th season this year. NFL Network has apparently absorbed part of the project into its budget.”
The report says the network has scrapped five programs: Sanders’ “21 & Prime,” “Power Rankings,” “Pick ‘em,” “Playbook” and “Mic’d Up.” Additionally, the weekend edition of “Good Morning Football” could be in trouble.
In a statement, an NFL Network spokesman told The Post the network is actually increasing its investment in content.
“As part of an increased investment in programming and content for 2019, NFL Network will unveil several shows geared towards a celebration of the NFL’s 100th season,” Alex Riethmiller said in the statement. “These shows will replace a handful of existing shows from our 2018 schedule.”