The NFL wanted to let boss Paul Tagliabue make the announcement this week at his Super Bowl press conference, but it leaked Fri, forcing the league to confirm it from Detroit Sat afternoon: 2-yr-old NFL Networks is the victor in the battle to carry 8 prime time, reg-season games on Thurs and Sat nights next season, beginning with a Thanksgiving-night affair between arch rivals the Redskins and Cowboys. Comcast’s OLN was mentioned often as a home for the games and seemed the frontrunner as late as mid last week. Talks with OLN broke down over the NFL’s insistence on getting an equity stake in the network. Comcast was reportedly offering $400-$500mln for the package. The significance of the announcement in historical terms: while ESPN certainly was a force, many in Bristol trace the all-sports net’s coming of age to the day it began carrying NFL games. Similarly, Steve Bornstein’s NFL Net is a critically acclaimed but small network now (40mln subs, including DBS). It’s jumped about 5 years or more with this announcement. Several major MSOs don’t carry NFL Net, including Time Warner, Charter, Cablevision and Mediacom-let the fun begin.

The Daily


Rosenworcel Warns EBB Program Abusers

FCC acting chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel told any providers that are making it difficult for consumers to sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to “knock it off” during a press conference

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Jul 16
Diversity List – 2021 Nominations Due: July 16, 2021
Sep 10
Most Powerful Women – 2021 Nominations Due: Sept 10, 2021
Dec 7
Most Powerful Women CelebrationSave the Date!
Full Calendar


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact for more information.