NFL Network To Make Games PPV?

Monday, August 06, 2007

I can't really tell from this article in the Rocky Mountain News whether this item is in actual negotiation, or the author is just speculating. Either way it's a pretty interesting idea, and ultimately going to tick a ton of people off.

The idea/plan is that the NFL Network is heading the way of Pay Per View, and will look to make at least one key game a weekend purchasable to everyone with Comcast cable. It may also look to do this for the first round of the Playoffs as well.

Meanwhile, media experts offer numerous thoughts about the future impact the NFL Network will have on cable services and satellite operations.

One potential scenario: While CBS, Fox and NBC will offer "free" coverage of most games, the NFL Network will have a pay-per-view system featuring at least one key weekend matchup during the regular season. And a pay-per-view aspect during the playoffs certainly is a possibility.

The NFL Network holds the key to a new way of life for NFL fans - a life that will be anything but free TV.
Wow....if that's the plan. Tell me you wouldn't shell out $5-$10 bucks to rent an out-of-market game if you didn't have League Pass? I would do it in a heartbeat. Deion looks very happy about this.

Viewing becomes costly (Rocky Mountain News)


Joe Morgan came up with that idea.

He also invented the internet.

Anonymous said...
Aug 6, 2007, 5:13:00 PM  

Fuck the NFL Network.

GMoney said...
Aug 6, 2007, 5:27:00 PM  

and so begins the downfall of the NFL *sigh*

frostdude1 said...
Aug 6, 2007, 6:55:00 PM  

There's no way I'd pay money for the NFL. It's difficult enough to watch :)

Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand all of the fanfare. Is it really that great? I'd pick UL Lafayette/Ohio over any NFL game, too bad it's not on TV :(

Seriously though, you guys don't get tired of the incessant, relentless coverage the NFL gets on ESPN?

Eric said...
Aug 6, 2007, 9:35:00 PM  

That sound you hear is Roger Goodell strangling the golden goose. Who would've though the NFL could prove to be dumber than MLB.

pm said...
Aug 6, 2007, 11:36:00 PM  

Pay per view is a good incentive to get up off your butt and find something more rewarding to do than watch guys playing a game where they care less about winning than you as a fan do...Hmmm..maybe this is a silver lining to the cloud of pay per view.

Olentangy said...
Aug 7, 2007, 12:11:00 AM  

I agree. I think this is an awful, awful idea and a total moneygrab. If the NFL has any sense (if indeed they are thinking about this), they will trash this idea. I've long thought that the NFL Sunday Ticket was an absolutely genius idea and the NFL can ill-afford to alienate such a large group of people.

Patrick Donohue said...
Aug 7, 2007, 10:56:00 AM  

Do I get to pick the play-by-play guy for the game?

Drizztdj said...
Aug 8, 2007, 8:12:00 AM  

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