27 Jun 2005
Talk about burying your lead. Doug Kennedy of Pittsburgh LIVE waits until the 15th paragraph of his story on the NFL's new TV contracts to drop this little number on us:
Another plus for NBC is that no one, including ESPN, will be able to air any NFL highlights until midnight or after on Sunday. â€œSo people will be tuning into NBC for highlights,â€? said [Vice President of Communications and Marketing for NBC Mike] McCarley.
I assume there's an exception for in-game highlights; I can't imagine that Fox would relinquish the rights to cut away from Packers-Vikings and show us a highlight of Bears-Lions. But this still means that I won't be able to flip over to ESPNews during the commercials of the late-afternoon games and watch highlights of the early-afternoon games I missed. I don't like that one bit.
NBC presumably will now have a highlight show, hosted by Bob Costas, that comes on right before the Sunday night game. That show will be the only place you can see NFL highlights on Sunday.
Hat tip: Pro Football Talk
48 comments, Last at 07 Jul 2005, 2:56am by Scott
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