… Comcast wants to carry NFL Network, and we have been working hard to come to an agreement to do just that before our current contract with the NFL expires on May 1. In fact, we have offered to continue to carry the network under the terms of our current contract, but the NFL has refused.
You may wonder why. We’re asking the same question.
The NFL already makes more than $20 billion through long-term deals with ESPN, CBS, Fox, and NBC – more than the television-rights fees collected by the NBA, NHL, and NASCAR combined.
But the NFL wants more, and it’s trying to use its enormous market power to force millions of our customers to pay for games they have always seen for free.
We encourage anyone interested in this issue to read Cohen’s entire commentary; it’s well worth it.