ESPN has signed an eight-year extension with the National Football League to carry Monday Night Football though 2021.
ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the $15 billion agreement Thursday, saying that it includes expanded NFL studio programming, highlight rights for TV and ESPN.com, the Pro Bowl, the NFL Draft, 3-D rights and enhanced international rights. However, the deal still does not include playoff games or Super Bowls for the cable sports network.
Super Bowl XLV was seen by 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched prime-time telecast in U.S. history.
And while Glee got its biggest audience ever, it was down — way down — from the show that got the high-profile timeslot after last year's game.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looks ahead to the new season and beyond in our exclusive one on one interview. For more on the NFL, including a preview of the upcoming season, order our NFL special collector's issue here!
TV Guide Magazine: As new stadiums are being built, how much are you involved in making certain each stadium offers the right kind of multi-media viewing experience, and how will 3D fit into all the plans?
Goodell: In getting the stadiums built, we have a lot of input. We play various roles in getting them approved....
Jeers to Tony Dungy for knocking Rex Ryan for his rough language on Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets.
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The Colts' coach-turned-NBC-commentator criticized the Jets' head coach for repeatedly ...
The Dallas Cowboys host the Green Bay Packers Thursday in what is arguably the NFL seasons biggest game to date not involving the New England Patriots. Yet much of the country wont be able to watch the contest, which is airing on the fledgling NFL Network. The league-owned channel is available in only 43.5 million of the countrys 112.8 million households because many cable companies, like Time Warner, dont feel its worth the price the NFL is charging. (Satellite providers Dish Network and DirecTV do offer the network, and NFL Network games are also shown on free TV in the local markets of the teams playing.) The NFL has attempted to make its network more appealing by adding eight regular-season games this fall, including Thursdays meeting (Nov. 29, 8 pm/ET) between NFC rivals Dallas and Green Bay, both 10-1.One cable company that does offer the NFL Network is Comcast, but only as part of its Sports Entertainment Package, which requires an addition...