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Old 12-05-2004, 08:49 PM   #1
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NFL OKs 6-Year Extensions With Fox, CBS


The NFL agreed Monday to $8 billion in contract extensions with Fox and CBS to televise Sunday afternoon games for six more years, deals that would also allow the league to show better matchups late in the season in prime time.


The deals give the NFL the option to move seven late-season games from Sunday to Monday night to feature more attractive matchups, according to an official within the league who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The NFL also can develop late-season prime-time satellite or cable packages of eight games, which would be televised on Thursdays and Saturdays. Or the league could take those eight games and show them regionally in prime-time telecasts on Sundays and Mondays.

"We got some protections," Fox Sports chairman David Hill said. "The last several weeks of the season, the NFL has the right to pull a game for Monday Night Football and we're still in conversation on (details)."

DirecTV also extended its deal with the league through 2010 for the Sunday Ticket package.


Each network gets two Super Bowls during the contract period. CBS will do the game on Feb. 4, 2007, and Fox will handle the game a year later. The other Super Bowls for the networks will be assigned later.

The agreements also include a commitment by CBS and Fox to phase in high-definition coverage for all games and introduce new interactive elements to NFL game telecasts.


In addition to some interactive services, DirecTV will institute a separate "Red Zone" channel devoted to taking viewers from game to game when a team is inside an opponent's 20-yard line and poised to score.

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Old 12-05-2004, 08:56 PM   #2
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A like what I have read.

HDTV for ALL games broadcasted!

Thursday and Saturday games, I don't know about Saturday but Thursday games are great when you are waiting for Sunday to come around!

I wish an asteroid would hit the Direct TV satellite so Cable could get the package as I think that is the only way they will.

I also like the RedZone channel..... Damn HDTV box for $299.00 is killing me when I have 2 HDTV TVs'
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Old 12-05-2004, 10:41 PM   #3
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MaddEnemy, let me pass along something Marc is always saying: When you paste articles in their entirety, you open us up to the tiny but real possibility of litigagation from (in this case) teh Associated Press (AP). So next time, practice a bit of editing and only post the important parts. Secondly, try to remember to add your comments to the end of a post like this, rather than double-posting (Which is admittedly something we all do from time to time). Thanks!
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Old 12-05-2004, 11:02 PM   #4
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ok,

took some stuff out

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Old 12-06-2004, 07:00 PM   #5
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I don't know if I am reading this right but what it sounds like is that Monday Night games can be changed towards the end of the season?

Example:
So if the schedule is Dec 12 2005 and it has the 49er 3-10 Vs. Dolphins 4-9 on Monday Night, the NFL can put them in as a Sunday game and pull the best match up that week for Monday Night?

If so that is great! I wish they would do something like that every week. Don’t even have a schedule for Monday and Sunday Night games. The week before decide what games shall be Sunday or Monday.

This will also get teams to do better, the more Monday, Sunday Night games the more money a team will make. If you want to have a Sunday or Monday Night game, play good all year.

But the way it is now we have to watch Seattle and Dallas tonight…… Geeee I can’t wait! In fact I even thought of missing it but..... it still is Football. I guess 2 bad teams can make a great game?

Sort of like the BCS games this year!

Of subject but Jim Rome was great today, going off on the BCS!

I guess the NFL could be worse and have some F_ _ _ed up system like the NCAA BCS Bowl Games.

How does Cal get jumped playing on the raod well Texas sits at home? Or Pitts with 3 lose record plays in the BCS well Cal who lost only 1 game to USC the # 1 team and doesn't play in the BCS.

I hate NCAA BCS CRAP !

Sorry of topic

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Old 12-07-2004, 12:24 AM   #6
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I would provide the first couple paragraphs and then link to the source. You did that nor provide a source for it. It's not that I think I will get sued for it (although it's possible), I just want to practice good legal habits, and that's not posting copyrighted material all over the place without credit. Also, click the EDIT button if you wish to amend your post, rather than double-posting, which you did twice in this thread.
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Old 12-07-2004, 07:29 PM   #7
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I think this might bite the NFL in the butt. The may overexpose the league and ratings could go down. Baseball, Hockey, and Basketball all have lower ratings than a decade ago. I think what has made football different is that you don't have games too often during the week. Sunday comes around and you're ready for football. One game every so often is one thing. I wouldn't be a fan of the Thursday games or even the Saturday games.
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Yeah, I am not really down with Saturday, well maybe 1 game.

Chill at the Sports Bar well watching NFL.
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They probably won't get as high ratings as possible since Saturday is College Football day.
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it may not be every Saturday and maybe at the end of the season, like now
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Basketball's ratings are not lower due to overexposure they are lower due to deterioration in the quality of the games and no real globally marketable stars a-la Magic, Bird, and MJ.

Hockey's ratings are down due to the league dropping the ball and not marketing the sport correctly and for not tweaking the rules to make the game more fan friendly. It is tough to watch hockey with all the clutching and grabbing that goes on.

Baseball's ratings are on the way back up. This year's Series pulled the highest ratings it has had in about 10 years. However, it remains to be seen what the Steroids scandal is going to do. Hopefully if it is confined to just the select few that have been speculated about then baseball can save itself by giving us the likes of Pujols, Rolen, Beltran, and Chipper Jones who have clean cut images and do not appear to be on the juice. Beltran and Pujols really broke out and established themselves as guys that the sport can be marketed around during the playoffs this year.
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