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In an unprecedented move, the NFL today announced that the Patriots-N.Y. Giants game on Saturday, originally scheduled to air exclusively on the NFL Network which only reaches 40% of homes in America, will now be simulcast on NBC and CBS.
The controversial decision will raise eyebrows seeing as the NFL had previously scoffed at moving the game from the NFL Network. The network reaches so few homes because of a dispute with major cable companies as the NFL wants its network to be included on basic cable packages but at an extra charge of a few dollars a month. The cable companies have thus far said no way.
My Take: Though many Boston area fans could have watched the game courtesy of a simulcast on WCVB (Channel 5 in Boston), at least now everyone can see history. My question is, why not fold the NFL Network tomorrow? NFL Commish Roger Goodell said in his statement today that he ordered the moving of the game to please the fans. Why not please the fans more and stop on insisting that his crappy network not be included in cable, or not cost anything more to the viewer.
Boston University cable had the NFL Network and I thought it was terrible. Most of the time is was NFL Films presentations. The only semi interesting programming was full coverage of the NFL Draft Combine and NFL Draft itself. The NFL Network broadcast of games is poor quality and the play by play of Bryant Gumbel is atrocious.
I beg the cable companies not to cave to the NFL and it’s pretty funny to see the NFL basically admit that their network isn’t relevant.