Several of you, (OK, two of you) have emailed me about my thoughts regarding the NFL Network's ongoing battle with ComCast and Time Warner. I hadn't wanted to address it until it was Packer-relevant, and boy, is it ever that this week.
I won't get into the ridiculous minutiae that is involved in the argument, (I leave that to people who draw a paycheck to write about such things) but suffice it to say it's basically one greedy faction against another. And as much as I love football and the Packers, I have to come down on Big Cable's side on this one. (Here's one of the better arguments I agree with.)
Look, I love football and I love the NFL Network. As my wife will tell you, during the season, it is on in our house every morning and every night. But the NFL wanting to make it part of Basic Cable is ludicrous. They like to say there's 'garbage' like a million food networks and such on basic cable that no one watches that all cable customers are paying for. Fair enough. But those 'garbage' channels aren't wanting to charge every cable customer a substantial amount more than all the other garbage channels. The NFL has an exaggerated sense of how important and popular they are. Do they have a rabid fan base? Certainly. But it's only football after all, and wanting to charge more for NFL Network than for CNN or Turner Classic Movies is arrogant and insular. There are just as many classic movie fans and news junkies as their are NFL fans. They just don't paint their faces and start blogs about it. (OK, maybe some of them do.)
Memo to the NFL: Your fans will pay, no matter how bad the service is (witness the case of Direct TV, the worst way to 'enjoy' television, but it survives due to its exclusive contract carrying the NFL Sunday Ticket) to see their team play. And yet you refuse to entertain a 'pay-per-view' model and hold-out for a Big Cable payday. Your ego and bloated sense of self-importance are only hurting the fans you claim to care about.
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