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If there is a deal, I would make it mandatory as part of it that internet-only versions of ALL packages be made available at a reduced rate and ALL networks would be required to make their internet outlets available for free or at a reduced rate. 

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dish-approaches-directv-about-a-possible-merger.html

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One thing to remember is the Closing Ceremony number was hurt because in most of the country, that wound up airing opposite the rain-delayed Daytona 500 that did not finish until after 11:00 PM ET thanks to a six and a half hour rain delay.  Concerns about the 500 being delayed to Monday night by rain were likely FAR MORE THAN THE OLYMPICS why NBC chose to premiere Jimmy Fallon on February 17, a week earlier than as I understand it they originally planned to. 

The biggest fear NBC likely had was a repeat of 2012, when the Daytona 500 was postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday night because of rain and then a freak accident caused the 500 not to finish until almost 1:00 AM ET, which had it happened this time would have had the 500 run completely through Fallon and into the premiere of "Late Night with Seth Meyers."  That to me is what NBC was fearful of.

7 months ago on NBC finishes the Olympics with a whimper instead of a roar

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@aMikeRogers I think they will have to go live everywhere and ask the IOC to have some events start at say 11:00 PM or even Midnight local time to accommodate NBC.  Rio is one place where they probably could get away with such late starts.

7 months ago on NBC finishes the Olympics with a whimper instead of a roar

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I wonder if this is a precursor to her eventually re-joining ESPN, especially if she also were in line to eventually replace Robin Roberts on GMA on ABC?  

7 months ago on Will Erin Andrews really lure a male audience to Dancing with the Stars?

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Very surprised of this since WFAN is owned by CBS.  I would have thought they also would have put Francesca's show on CBS Sports Network to try and boost that network's presence. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Francesa reportedly joining Fox Sports 1

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@joebartnick Ron Franklin was past him prime and was likely going to retire a couple of years after that anyway.  He had already been moved from the main CFB post to ESPN2 and was being phased out as it was.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on AA Roundtable: ESPN's College Football Future

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@DianneBrost Those shows will probably premiere after CBS completes its Thursday night packages.  It gets those shows away from the MLB Playoffs on TBS and FOX and allows them to air their season with fewer repeats.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on CBS wins Thursday Night Football NFL package

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Solution here might be if Chris Fowler doesn't get the play-by-play CFB gig but stays at ESPN, he is given PBP duties (possibly working with Herbstreit) on the second half of the opening Monday Night Football doubleheader on ESPN and otherwise would be the backup to Mike Tirico on MNF if Tirico for any reason had to take off.  Also, maybe have Fowler do some MLB and NBA playoff games during the spring and summer. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on AA Roundtable: ESPN's College Football Future

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@BrandonFranz @WaltGekkoThat is correct, however, it did I believe cause the change that forbade the NFL from having Saturday games before the third such in December (or eliminated waivers that allowed the NFL to have Saturday games air national in early December). 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on New Thursday Night Football deal also gives us the much-needed return of Saturday NFL games in December

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@ChampSB3233 I also have been saying an 18th week should be added in the form of a second bye week, with that bye week tied to Thursday games (which also would allow the NFL to occasionally have teams play back-to-back weeks on Thursday, especially around Thanksgiving).

7 months, 3 weeks ago on CBS wins Thursday Night Football NFL package

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@ozsportsdude You will never see Friday night games with the exception of MAYBE one or two at the very end of the season.  By law (which actually dates back to the early 1960's), the NFL is forbidden to show games nationally between 6:00 PM ET on Friday and 11:59 PM PT on Saturday (2:59 AM ET Sunday) in order to protect high school and college football between Labor Day weekend and the second Saturday in December.  I believe the law was re-done that way (or no waivers for December were given to the NFL) after 9/11 caused the games scheduled the weekend after that happened to be re-scheduled for in most cases the week after Thanksgiving, which caused most notably the SEC Championship game to be played on that second Saturday in December 2001.  Although with the exception of the Army-Navy game the college football season ends the week after Thanksgiving, many high school state playoff games are still taking place on the second weekend in December (which used to never be the case years ago) that would be harmed if the NFL played that weekend.  That's why the two Saturday games are a doubleheader.

As for a Saturday night Super Bowl, while many would like to see that happen, many businesses that cater in particular to young adults would fiercely object to that because while Super Bowl Sunday is a HUGE revenue day for them, they would lose their normal Saturday night business (including those who don't care about the game) that week if the Super Bowl were on Saturday.  That's why the NFL is reluctant to move it to Saturday, and if anything, you are more likely in non-Winter Olympic years to see the Super Bowl moved to Presidents Day weekend for that reason since many have that particular Monday off from work.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on NFL has its cake and eats it too with billion dollar revenue push

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The reason you don't see Saturday games like that much anymore because I believe after 9/11, the restrictions on NFL games and where they can be shown between 6:00 PM Friday and 11:59 PM Saturday was extended to the second Saturday in December because in 2001, many games that were postponed by 9/11 had to be moved back to the week after Thanksgiving and that also forced the SEC Championship and a few other games to be moved back by one week (to the second Saturday in December) as a result.  You also have many high school football playoffs taking place the second week in December to where those would be harmed if the NFL had games scheduled that Saturday, which I believe is why the NFL eliminated most Saturday games until now, and also why they are doing a doubleheader on December 20.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on New Thursday Night Football deal also gives us the much-needed return of Saturday NFL games in December

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Some of us remember when he was working on WFAN in New York as he has truly worked his way up the ranks.  Great to see that.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch will call NFL playoff game for Fox

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What I was surprised about was Comcast (NBC's parent company) was not more aggressive in trying to get Major League Baseball last year for both NBC and NBCSN.   I wonder how much the Nationals' shutdown of Stephen Strasburg late last season played into Comcast backing out of any serious bids for MLB, especially since in my view the Strasburg shutdown turned off many casual fans and in turn caused the lowest-rated World Series ever.  I suspect the Strasburg shutdown was why we are not seeing MLB on NBC and NBCSN now.

1 year, 1 month ago on NBC's Jon Miller on the state of NBC Sports Network

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