NFL Network Reaches Deal with Comcast

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  The NFL Network pregame show with (M) future hall of famer Rod Woodson before Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Henry LaborantiContributor IMay 20, 2009

After a long battle between the National Football League and Comcast Cable over the NFL Network, fans are finally happy. The NFL Network and Comcast have come to an agreement to air the NFL Network on the classic cable tier, making it free for cable viewers to watch.

The NFL Network is considered one of the most popular networks on TV today. There's no doubt that the NFL has become the nation's most popular league, and now with Comcast finally agreeing with the NFL to carry that channel, fans with classic cable will now be able to view eight more games than usual.

After Comcast took over the Adelphia Cable Corporation, who provided the NFL Network free to subscribers from the beginning, they decided to remove the NFL Network from their classic cable service and add it to a sports package in which fans had to pay extra for.

This certainly didn't fly with many of the Comcast customers.

After years over battles between the NFL and Comcast, fans will be happy to learn that the NFL Network will be free to them once again.

Shockingly enough, Comcast also agreed to provide ESPNU and to their customers as well, something they had not previously offered.

Many wives and girlfriends may have been glad to have the NFL Network taken away from their husbands or boyfriends for free. But now just like the NFL Network advertises, they can watch football 24/7 all over again.


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