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    Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    From Tim Griffin (regular guest on M&M) and the San Antonio newspaper:

    MySA.com: Big 12

    The Big 12 is having trouble finding a taker for its package of Saturday night television games that formerly were shown on Turner Network. The games could end up on Fox Sports Net or the NFL Network in 2007.

    The conference had hoped to interest Fox in starting a weekly national football game, but those plans are late in developing.

    The best scenario for the conference would be to end up on Fox and the worst would be if they landed on the NFL Network Ė and thatís not just coming from a Time Warner subscriber in San Antonio. The limited reach of the NFL Network would again push the Big 12 into an unfortunate "stepbrother" perception compared to other Bowl Championship Series-affiliated conferences with wider exposure for their Saturday night games.
    I agree with Tim. Putting Big 12 games on the NFL Network would be worse than putting the Mountain West on VS. Even though the NFL Network is regarded as one of the fastest growing cable networks, the channel doesn't have contracts with Time Warner & NYC's Cablevision, 2 of the biggest cable companies out there, not to mention the NFL Network isn't on Mediacom either. The NFL Network (and the soon to be launched Big 10 Channel) wants carriage on the basic tiers, while cable companies want to put the channel on the more expensive digital teirs



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    As a Directv subscriber, I would prefer the games on NFL Network as it is part of the basic package and Fox Sports isn't.



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    Quote Originally Posted by bootcy View Post
    As a Directv subscriber, I would prefer the games on NFL Network as it is part of the basic package and Fox Sports isn't.
    I have DirecTV as well as the sports pack, so i'm covered either way. I think Comcast Sportsnet Chicago carries some FSN programming (I saw a Big 12 baseball game on CSN the other day) when it doesn't conflict with Chicago sports.



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    why would you guys care? you've got season tickets to Iowa State right?



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUonthemove View Post
    why would you guys care? you've got season tickets to Iowa State right?
    It would be nice for the road games



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    NFL Network would be a disaster for the Big 12...it has a SMALL reach, not available by cable or over the air TV. Someone has dropped the ball, pardon the pun.



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    NFL Network would be a disaster for the Big 12...it has a SMALL reach, not available by cable or over the air TV. Someone has dropped the ball, pardon the pun.
    Actually, the NFL Network is available on cable, it's just that locally, Mediacom doesn't offer it and I don't see them every carrying NFL Network, same for the Big 10 Channel (Big 10 is asking $1.10 per cable subscriber and wants their channel on basic cable).

    Back to the NFL Network, it appears the network is going to make a commitment to college football, wether they have Big 12 games or not to go along with their coverage of The Senior Bowl and 2 other bowl games:

    NFL Games to Stay on League-Owned Net

    NFL Network in August will introduce a half-hour college football show, airing daily Tuesday to Friday at 6:30 p.m. and leading into NFL Total Access.



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    The Big 12 somehow lost the memo that said "Get your games on TV or be forgotten".

    I think they lost this memo along with the one about new cover sheets on the TPS reports...



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    I get the NFL network on my cell phone, with no fee, and on cable so I wouldn't mind that so much. But I agree that the Big 12 needs to do a better job with TV coverage.


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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    That would suck if it happens. Most households in Iowa probably do not have NFL network.



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    That would suck if it happens. Most households in Iowa probably do not have NFL network.
    Once they start putting more and more nfl games on there, pretty much all households will have access to it. The NFL is the biggest thing going, mediacomm will have to carry it sooner or later.

    But what do I care, I get it....


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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    I have the NFL network and love it. I'd go for that since FSN sucks (we get Comcast). The NFL network will continue to grow and getting Big XII games on there gets our foot in the door.

    I think that the NFL network has a lot of leverage. They'll force those cable companies to the table where the Big 11 network can't.


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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    I thought I heard at one time that Fox (the national network, as in channel 17 in DM) was going to try to broadcast games, since they are doing the BCS now. I think that would be great, if they did Saturday afternoon games along with ABC and CBS.



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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    i would also approve of being on the NFl network. It would be nice to have more than one Big XII game a week. I really dont like Fox Regional sports telecasts. They look cheap. I have Season tix and DirecTV, so Hooray for me and anyone else that has both. Its going to be a HUGE network soon.


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    Re: Big 12 games on the NFL Network?

    Omaha has NFL network with no special cost.


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