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Starting with the season , the network began televising one live Thursday night game each week from Weeks 2 through 15 excluding Thanksgiving Day , as well as one live Saturday night game during Week As a result of the addition of these extra games, every NFL team now appears in at least one timeslot-exclusive nationally televised game either a Thursday, Sunday, or Monday Night contest, a Thanksgiving game, or a a.
As with the games broadcast by ESPN's Monday Night Football , the NFL Network telecasts are also aired on a designated broadcast television station in the primary markets of the participating teams, although prior to the suspension of blackout rules in stations in the home team's market only carried it if the televised game sold out all remaining available tickets 72 hours prior to the game's start time.
When Thursday Night Football premiered, veteran television announcer Bryant Gumbel served as play-by-play announcer, with former Fox and current NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth serving as color commentator for the broadcasts.
Gumbel and Collinsworth returned as the booth announcers. Former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen was named Collinsworth's replacement at the same time.
In the season, CBS Sports took over the production of all of the games in the package, and gained the right to simulcast 8 of the games on broadcast television.
Some of the games air live on the network, however a majority of these contests air on a tape-delayed basis and use the local broadcast of one of the teams involved. Live preseason game broadcasts on NFL Network are blacked out in the home markets of both participating teams, where the game is broadcast on a local station; in those affected areas, an alternate feed of NFL Network is shown instead with a different preseason game or a previously aired game.
Studio shows[ edit ] On weekdays, Good Morning Football airs live from am, followed by a repeat from 10 am-1 pm. The NFL stated that unlike when the NFL last showed interest in arena football, there would be no attempts to buy into the league.
Starting with the season, the network obtained the broadcast rights to the Arena Football League. Also beginning in , the channel began to broadcast 14 regular season games as well as the Grey Cup from the Canadian Football League.
NFL Network ceased airing Arena Football League games partway through the season as a result of ongoing labor problems within the league. The season's remaining games were carried on a tape delay , before the network terminated the league broadcast contract outright at the end of the season; the rights were then obtained by CBS Sports Network.
College football[ edit ] In , NFL Network began a foray into televising college football bowl games , acquiring rights to the newly-established Texas Bowl in Houston whose management rights were held by the Houston Texans at the time , the Insight Bowl , as well as two all-star events—the Senior Bowl which features NFL prospects that had completed their college eligibility and the Las Vegas All-American Classic which, however, was cancelled at the last minute due to financial and sponsorship issues.
These games were intended to help make NFL Network more attractive to television providers.
The network again aired the Insight, Texas and Senior bowls in late and early In addition, it carried two games between historically black colleges and universities during the season, including the Circle City Classic at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Senior Bowl and a fellow all-star game, the East-West Shrine Game , remained the only college football games to be regularly shown by NFL Network until May , when it announced a four-year deal with the Conference USA to air a weekly regular season game on Saturday afternoons beginning in the season.
To accommodate this, the NFL insisted that the CFL move its schedule over a month earlier than it currently runs, so that the network can use the league to fill air time between the NFL Draft and training camp.
In mid-October , in-studio programs began to air in "enhanced HD", featuring contained additional scores and statistics on a dedicated wing on the right side of the screen that was only visible on the HD feed. Content that is presented in standard definition is shown with stylized pillarboxes , or for some footage, blurred pillarbox wings.
Most providers began to exclusively carry the HD feed of the network during , transmitting a downscaled and letterboxed version of the HD feed to provide the channel in standard definition for analog viewers without any deviation, including the "NFL HD" logo.
The standard definition feed was discontinued entirely in July , concurrent with the introduction of the network's current logo. Pacific Time. Whenever a team enters the red zone , the coverage will switch full-screen over to the live feed of that game's television broadcast, and attempt to cover a potential scoring result touchdown or field goal.
The coverage is hosted by Scott Hanson. Time Warner Cable and other major cable providers wished to place it on a sports tier. Cable companies felt that a channel with such marginal interest, few live games, and filler programming, would be tough to sell outside of the football season.
However, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision were only interested in showing the Texas Bowl, which featured the Rutgers Scarlet Knights , who developed strong local appeal in and barely missed a berth in the Bowl Championship Series.
The NFL, however, stated that it would not accept that request. Time Warner had made a similar announcement only hours earlier.
Cowboys controversy[ edit ] saw fresh controversy about the NFL Network.
That year, the network happened to hold the rights to some match-ups with major implications. The first came in late November when one-loss Dallas hosted one-loss Green Bay. Most fans could not see the game because of carriage restrictions, more noticeable because it involved nationally respected teams in a highly anticipated match-up.
This controversy would pale in comparison to the final game the NFL Network would broadcast that season. The game was the Patriots' record-sealing win that made them the first undefeated team through the regular season in 35 years.
Kerry urged for a solution to be decided upon in time so that Americans could witness "a historic event". The stations had already been scheduled to air the game, as per NFL rules.
WCVB also would still televise the game and stated that it was still working toward resolving issues with the NFL Network over additional coverage rights.
RCN Corporation , the 12th-largest cable provider in the U. At that time, a court date had not been set. Four judges at the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, ruled the language "concerning additional programming package was ambiguous and that neither party has established that its interpretation of the relevant contracts is a matter of law.
However, on April 30, , NFL Network announced that it would continue to be carried on Comcast in the interim while both sides tried to reach an agreemenet on a new contract. NFL Network later filed a discrimination case against Comcast with the Federal Communications Commission , claiming that since Comcast does not charge an extra fee for the sports channels it owns, Versus and Golf Channel , it considered Comcast's move to charge extra for NFL Network unfair.
Accordingly, we direct an Administrative Law Judge to hold a hearing, issue a recommended decision on the facts underlying the financial interest claim and a recommended remedy, if necessary, and then return the matter to the Commission within 60 days.
This is contrary to the above-mentioned agreement between Comcast and the NFL. Time Warner Cable[ edit ] On December 20, , the NFL Network proposed to Time Warner Cable to enter into binding arbitration , which would have a neutral third party determine the price and tier for NFL Network on the provider's systems, based on fair market value of the service.
We continue to believe that the best way to achieve results is to privately seek a resolution and not attempt to negotiate through the press or elected officials.
NFL Network had previously insisted that it would only allow cable providers to carry the network on basic tiers; Time Warner Cable stated it would only carry the network on a digital sports tier. The move cost NFL Network four million subscribers.
Suddenlink expected that the network's rollout to all of its service areas would be completed by or before September 12, the first Sunday of the NFL's regular season.