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NFL Network to air 22 NFL Europe games

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by dummyproof, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. dummyproof

    dummyproof Godfather

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    Source:Associated Press(Yahoo Sports)

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL Network will televise 22 NFL Europe games this season.

    Coverage begins in prime time on Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. EST when the Amsterdam Admirals play at the defending champion Frankfurt Galaxy.

    Each week, on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the regular season on June 6, NFL Network will feature an NFL Europe telecast.

    Quarterback Chad Hutchinson of the Dallas Cowboys is among 240-plus current NFL players allocated to NFL Europe teams this season.

    Link to above:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-nflnetwork-europe&prov=ap&type=lgns


    Would be nice if E* would carry this channel. If they did, it would probably be ala carte or AT180.
     
  2. Charles Oliva

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    So does this means NFL Europe games or World Bowl won't be on Fox Sports Net?
     
  3. BearsFan

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    This is my question as well.

    Me = dork, as I watch all the NFL Europe games each year, and even write updates for a website on Bears' players overseas.

    If D* doesn't show the games the NFL Network does NOT show, that would stink.


    No word on NFL.com or NFLEurope.com on this.

    Anyone know what the full scoop is?

    --BearsFan
     
  4. FTA Michael

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    My guess is they'd only carry it as part of the Sports Pack, possibly as an excuse to raise the SP price by a dollar or two.
     
  5. sikma

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    Speaking of the NFL. I have always been confused (#*%$#@!!##&%#) why the NFL wouldn't want to make $Millions more by working out a deal with E* to offer the Sunday Ticket. I suspect the powers that be at D* have something to do with it :confused: :mad:
     
  6. paulh

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    D* payed huge $$$$ for exclusivity to NFLST. The NFL would of received less $ if they sold a non-exclusive to both D* and E* and/or digital cable.
    BTW I believe that the contract is for a guaranteed total amount of money each year, not a % of subscriber payment. It has been theorized that D* just breaks even or loses on NFLST, but makes up for it by having more year-round subscribers.
     
  7. sikma

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    Another example why a monopoly is never a good idea for the consumer.
     
  8. SamC

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    Which monopoly are you refering to?

    DirecTV made a choice that exclusive NFL coverage was worth $X to it. It pays more for NFLST than it gets back in subscriber fees.

    E* made a choice not to bid one dollar more than DirecTV did. If it had, it would have the package and DirecTV not.

    A free market, two competitiors, each one betting the opposite way. Not a monopoly.
     
  9. sikma

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    My point is....why can't both supply Sunday Ticket just as they both provide nba ticket, nhl ticket...etc. If the nfl sold the rights to D* for ten mil (for example) and only allowed one company to be awarded the rights to broadcast it, why couldn't they have just sold the rights to both sat. providers for say, 7-8 mil. each. They would have made more money and each sat. provider wouldn't have had to pay as much for the rights.

    If the nhl and nba can figure it out, why can't the nfl :confused:
     
  10. paulh

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    With the NFL, most people get 3-5 free NFL games per week (on OTA channels FOX, CBS, and ABC) plus 1 more on basic cable, ESPN, on Sunday night. Standard NFL fans get to see plenty of games besides their local team each week for FREE and the NFL has shown every intention of keeping it that way as it helps grow the best fan base in the nation. We should really be asking the NBA and NHL, and MLB why we cannot see 4 out of market games for every one your local team plays for FREE. In fact in many markets you need to pay for at least basic cable in order to catch most of your local teams NBA, NHL and MLB games.
     
  11. uncdanwrong

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    DirecTV pays billions for Sunday Ticket and most believe they lose a lot of money on it. The only reason why they would be willing to lose so much is because they view it as a promotional tool to gain new subs and they need the exclusivity for that. The NFL also has multi-billion dollar contracts with Fox, CBS, and ABC/ESPN and all of them would prefer that Sunday Ticket be exclusive. The NBA and especially the the NHL can only dream of NFL level TV revenues.
     

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