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  1. baseball has tried it (remember “the baseball network?”) and failed. the nba has tried it (nba tv) and it has been sluggish at best.

    the nfl comes out with their own network, and kaboom!

    the nfl is still the gold standard of sports leagues. seemingly, it can do no wrong.

    now, how will it dodge the looming labor strife?

    Comment by anon — 02/03/2021 @ 03:32:46 PM

  2. Well, The Baseball Network was a “network” in name only; just another marketing term for a broadcast package. Not really the same thing.

    If the NFL Network works, it’ll probably give a boost to NBA Network, the nascient NHL Network and whatever MLB cooks up.

    Then again, some, including John Madden and Al Michaels, think that overexposure might sabotage the NFL’s successful formula. Even discounting that Madden and Michaels are working for the competition (broadcasting-wise), it’s a legitimate concern. Will NFL games be as must-see if they’re regularly being played practically every day of the week?

    Comment by CT — 02/03/2021 @ 05:04:14 PM

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