NFL Films Not Going Anywhere Just Yet

Thursday, July 03, 2008


A few months back I mentioned that the future of NFL Films was grim as the demand for the costly produced program slowly dwindled. Well it appears for the time being that the Steve Sabol run company is till in business and they're creating three new shows for the NFL Network. Via the Houston Chron....

After a year in which the NFL Network seemingly struggled to find a role for NFL Films, the company is developing three new series that will air on Thursday nights this fall.

Starting 11 will be a football-sized weekly top-10 show, listing 11 points of interest for the coming week, such as strangest play, biggest blooper or greatest catch. It will be followed by Sounds of the Game, which will match the best sideline sound of the week with excerpts from players miked during games and classic sound bites from the NFL Films library.

"What we lack in coherence, we will make up in energy and innovation," Sabol said. "It's going to be like building an airplane in flight. We have footage, and we will use it to make an observation about the week in the NFL."

America's Game, which accounts for the latest Emmys in the company collection, returns Sept. 3 with an episode on the 2007 New York Giants featuring Tom Coughlin, Michael Strahan and Eli Manning, followed by a five-episode miniseries titled Missing Rings, which gives America's Game treatment to five teams from franchises that have never won a Super Bowl.
I can probably do without "Starting 11" but anything with mic'd up players and coaches and I'm watching. I don't really take time out of the day to catch up on the NFL-N's regular programming but additions like this couldn't hurt.

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Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:42 PM

4 Comments:

Nice popped collar, Steve.

GMoney said...
Jul 3, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

Thank goodness! NFL Films is what got me hooked on football. I was bummed when I got America's Games DVD collection for christmas because it wasn't the old super bowl highlights. Then I started watching and got blown away.

Because of NFL Films, I know that Johnny Unitas was the best QB ever. If it went away I'd be very mad at the NFL.


Nuke the Network, save the Films!

Pip said...
Jul 3, 2008, 4:54:00 PM  

I love America's Game but mostly because of the interviews will players/coaches after MUCH time has passed. They were free to say things that they couldn't. And the passage of time helped put their season in perspective.

For those reasons, doing an America's Game on last year's NY Giants team seems a little too, well, soon.

Anonymous said...
Jul 3, 2008, 6:44:00 PM  

AA said: Starting 11 will be a football-sized weekly top-10 show, listing 11 points of interest for the coming week, such as strangest play, biggest blooper or greatest catch.


If they could also tell me the final scores for the coming week -- that would help me in my betting.

Anonymous said...
Jul 3, 2008, 9:39:00 PM  

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