Thursday, December 27, 2007

Patriots-Giants Game Will Be The First Three-Network Simulcast Game In NFL History

Up until Saturday night, only those who had the NFL Network (which is 40% of America) could watch games that were only on the NFL Network. However, this Saturday night's game where the Patriots will attempt to break records and make history against the Giants is so huge that the NFL decided to have this game put on CBS and NBC so everyone who wants to watch this game can do so. Now all of America can see the Patriots' shot at history. The Patriots could become the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season.

"We have taken this extraordinary step because it is in the best interest of our fans," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement after the league announced it was reversing course. "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 an NFL game since the inaugural Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC televised the meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League.

"We're happy to accommodate the NFL's request for a joint national simulcast of this potentially historic game to make it available to the widest possible audience," said Dick Ebersol, NBC Universal's chairman for sports and Olympics.

NBC was scheduled to air "Dateline NBC" and a repeat of "Law & Order: SVU" during the time slot. CBS was set to broadcast the movie "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "48 Hours: Mysteries." ... Who cares about that, its football!

The NFL claims this is an excellent move to accommodate their fans. This wasn't an easy thing to do either because of the legal issues involved from what I read. This shows the NFL truly cares about its fans and they are willing to take any measure involved to make them happy.....Or do they really care about their fans? That's a cover up. I still believe this has more to do about revenue, ratings, and advertising that the Patriots bring in for the NFL. After all, love em or hate em, everyone watches the Patriots when they are nationally broadcasted to see them either win or for any team to beat them.....

....because this is going to be a nationally broadcast game.....this guarantees the New England Patriots will win. Why would the NFL go to such extreme lengths if they weren't going to win?

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