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Cable subscribers won't be left in cold by NFL

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If you were worried about catching New England's drive for perfection Saturday night when the 15-0 Patriots travel to the Meadowlands to play the New York Giants, don't worry any longer.

The league has agreed to simulcast its broadcast of the game on NFL Network, which many cable carriers do not provide, on NBC and CBS.

This from the league this afternoon:

“We have taken this extraordinary step because it is in the best interest of our fans,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “What we have seen for the past year is a very strong consumer demand for NFL Network. We appreciate CBS and NBC delivering the NFL Network telecast on Saturday night to the broad audience that deserves to see this potentially historic game. Our commitment to the NFL Network is stronger than ever.”

This will be the first three-network simulcast in NFL history and the first simulcast of any kind of an NFL game since Super Bowl I in 1967 when CBS and NBC both televised the first meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League. CBS was the network partner of the NFL at that time and NBC televised the AFL. In that first Super Bowl – in which the NFL Green Bay Packers beat the AFL Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967.

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Best interest of our fans? More like Congress pressured the NFL into having them show it on free TV.

Who are you kidding??
Its all about two monopolies trying to get one up on the other and using the sucker fans as an excuse. Big Cable and the NFL are two greedy entities that need to be brought back to earth. If no one tuned in they'll both get what they deserve!!

Comcast cable is here in fort wayne IN too. I am from chi town but live here.When i first got cable 12 yrs ago before The NFL Channel was even thought of.Anyway...when it [nfl ch] came out it was free had it for two or three yrs then all of the sudden i turn it on for the my 1st pre season game and it was gone! I called comcast and they said o sorry we decided to charge for it and the NBA channel too, 5 bucks a piece!I told them to shove it! Thats wrong, it was free I/We should have been grandfathered or somthing!?Cant we take them to court with some grandfather law clause or somthing?

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