NFL Films Might Be Going The Way Of Inside The NFL

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Earlier this month NFL Films had to "let go" of a few employees in a move which was called "a leaguewide belt-tightening". Well now people in the know are saying that the costs might finally outweigh the benefits. This seems to be due in large part to HBO dropping of Inside The NFL and NFL Films might be next. Via Philly Daily News....

It also has pointed to HBO's recent decision to end its long-running show, "Inside the NFL," which relied heavily on NFL Filmsproduced work.

"We're in a time in America financially that's quite unique," New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, the chairman of the league's broadcast committee, told the Daily News. "Everyone's trying to run their business soundly.

"I think what you're going to see in America in the next 6 to 9 months is, every company is going to look at redundancy. Whether it's newspapers or brokerage firms or insurance companies or retailers or professional sports leagues. We're in a period in our economy where people who want to be strong 10-15 years from now have to do that. If they don't, they won't be around."

Kraft and the league's other owners will discuss the Films layoffs, as well as the struggles of the 4-year-old NFL Network, next week at their annual March meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
There's nothing better than putting in the Super Bowl XXII Highlight tape from NFL Films and watching the greatest quarter ever played. Hell I think the only reason I still have a VCR is to watch old Super Bowls. I've bought ever tape/DVD since the Redskins won in 1988.

If you're deciding between NFL Films and the NFL Network feel free to drop the pointless channel before one of the NFL's greatest institutions.

NFL Films is taking shots (Philadelphia Daily News)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:15 PM


where the hell does it say that they might drop NFL Films???? WHERE???

Anonymous said...
Mar 27, 2008, 3:23:00 PM  

It's called deduction. They're looking into to cost cutting measures and directly at NFL Films. You draw your own conclusions...

"But the layoffs earlier this month of 21 NFL Films employees was the latest indication that many in the league may think that "way" has outlived its usefulness."

Mar 27, 2008, 3:26:00 PM  

Glad to see that the NFL is blaming the recession. I'm sure it's hitting them hard.

GMoney said...
Mar 27, 2008, 4:04:00 PM  

Oh, and don't forget "But that just buttresses the belief by many that the league is phasing out the quality filmmaking that NFL Films has become famous for over the years." I'm sure that doesn't say that they might drop NFL Films.

Morgan Wick said...
Mar 27, 2008, 4:10:00 PM  

every company is going to look at redundancy.
Are you reading this ESPN bigwigs?

UnHoly Diver said...
Mar 27, 2008, 6:04:00 PM  

Living in the Philly region and being fairly close to Mt. Laurel (I actually got a chance to go inside NFL Films a couple of times when in sales), you have to understand that the company is "GOD" to Eagles' fans in the region, and that extends out to the local media. The Philly papers have been getting the vibe for months that the NFL Network places little value on the slo-mo, classic film image the company stands for, prefering rapid-fire conversation and replays a la ESPN. Whether or not the Philly media and populace are over-reacting or not, the fact of the matter is NFL Films has a lower profile in the league than ever before - that's a fact.

Sportsattitude said...
Mar 27, 2008, 8:22:00 PM  

Where do we sign the petition to keep NFL Films?

Mal said...
Mar 27, 2008, 8:29:00 PM  

Strangely, the person in charge of NFL Films used to be at the WWL.
And we all know the quality on the WWL lately.

One of the best things about NFL Films is Football Follies, and I liked the early season film of the two lines coming at each other with the sweat flying off the players.

Anonymous said...
Mar 27, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

It must stay and ITNFL must be on another network. But I don't want it to be like This Week In Baseball with Buzz Braner providing narration competing with Saturday morning cartoons.

Anonymous said...
Mar 28, 2008, 12:48:00 PM  

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