Archive: Television

Court Overturns CBS Fine for Super Bowl "Wardrobe Malfunction"

A federal appeals court overturned the $550,000 fine for indecency levied against CBS by the Federal Communications Commission for the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" involving singer Janet Jackson during the Super Bowl halftime show. The court ruled that the FCC acted "arbitrarily and capriciously."...

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Network Replaces Gumbel With Giants Broadcaster

The NFL Network has announced the hiring of Bob Papa as its new play-by-play announcer. Papa, the radio voice of the New York Giants since 1995, replaces the departed Bryant Gumbel in the NFL Network booth alongside game analyst Cris Collinsworth....

 

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Strahan to Join Fox Studio Show

Just-retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is headed, as expected, to a post-playing career in television. Strahan will join Fox Sports as an NFL analyst on the network's studio show, the network announced on its Web site. Strahan joins fellow analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy...

 

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners' Support for NFL Network Wavering?

When the NFL's franchise owners decided, along with former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, to pass up rights fees from a TV network and put a package of prime time games on Thursdays and Saturdays on the league-owned NFL Network, they said they wanted to create a unique business asset. They...

 

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys' Training Camp to be Featured on HBO Series

The HBO series "Hard Knocks" will feature the training camp of the Dallas Cowboys this summer, the network announced today. It will be the second time the Cowboys have been featured on the series. Their training camp also was chronicled in 2002. The show followed the Baltimore Ravens in...

 

By Mark Maske | May 7, 2008; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seven of Eight NFL Network Games Are On Thursday Nights

The league obviously prefers Thursday night games to Saturday night games on the NFL Network. The eight-game package for the league-owned television channel includes seven Thursday night games and only one Saturday nighter. The Thursday night games begin on Nov. 6, three weeks before Thanksgiving, with Denver at Cleveland....

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gumbel Leaving NFL Network

Bryant Gumbel is leaving the NFL Network, the league-owned television channel announced today. The veteran broadcaster had served as the play-by-play announcer on the channel's eight-game package of regular season games the past two seasons. "I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to call NFL Network games the past two years,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2008; 05:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

Someone Buy Bill Polian A Satellite Dish

PALM BEACH, Fla.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league remains committed to its television channel, the NFL Network, despite its ongoing distribution disputes with several cable carriers. But the best line of the day came from Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian when he was asked about the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Is Second-Most-Watched TV Program in History

PHOENIX--The New York Giants' upset of the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl was the second-most-watched television program in history. The game drew an average of 97.5 million U.S. viewers. It's the most-watched Super Bowl ever and among all TV programs, ranks only behind the final episode of...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Finds Way Out of NFL Network Jam

At an owners' meeting in late October in Philadelphia, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if he thought affected fans would blame the league more or the cable companies more if they were unable to watch the New England Patriots try to complete an undefeated regular season in a...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (4)

Pats-Giants Game to be Simulcast on NBC, CBS

The Saturday night game in which the New England Patriots will be trying to set an NFL record by finishing the regular season with an undefeated record will be simulcast on CBS and NBC, the NFL has just announced. Originally the 8:15 p.m. game against the Giants in East...

 

By Cindy Boren | December 26, 2007; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (85)

Time Warner Rejects League's Offer to Submit NFL Network Dispute to Binding Arbitration

The league's offer today to submit its dispute with Time Warner over distribution of the NFL Network to binding arbitration has been rejected by the cable company. Glenn A. Britt, the president and CEO of Time Warner Cable, wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell late today that Time Warner...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 07:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Makes New Offer to Time Warner to Settle NFL Network Dispute

The NFL made a new offer to Time Warner today in an effort, the league said, to resolve its dispute with the cable television carrier before the Dec. 29 game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants that is to be carried on the NFL Network. The...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Receives More Prodding by Congress to Settle NFL Network Disputes

The dispute between the league and several large cable television carriers over distribution of the NFL Network continues to draw scrutiny from Capitol Hill. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) sent a letter Wednesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell threatening to reconsider the sport's exemption from federal...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kerry Urges NFL, Cable Companies to Settle Differences Before Patriots-Giants Game

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is urging the NFL and the cable television industry to settle their differences in time for more viewers to have access to the New England Patriots-New York Giants game on the final weekend of the regular season. The game is scheduled to be carried on...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (6)

Still No End In Sight to NFL Network Dispute

IRVING, Tex.--The end of the NFL's dispute with some large cable carriers over distribution of the NFL Network still is nowhere in sight. The NFL would like the Federal Communications Commission to force the parties into binding arbitration, but the FCC took no action on the matter during its...

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots-Bills Flexed to Prime Time on Nov. 18

NBC is using its first flexible-scheduling move of the season to try to cash in on the success of the New England Patriots. The network and the league announced today that the Patriots-Buffalo Bills game on Nov. 18 has been moved to the prime-time slot at 8:15 p.m....

 

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Johnson Retiring, Heading to ESPN

Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is retiring and heading straight into broadcasting, agreeing to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Johnson, 34, had 70 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns for the Carolina Panthers last season but was released by the team following last month's NFL draft. Johnson met...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

E. Smith to Serve as ESPN Studio Analyst

Career rushing champion Emmitt Smith is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst, the network announced today. Smith is to work on the network's Monday night pregame show, among other assignments....

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2007; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Returning to ESPN

Bill Parcells will work for ESPN next season as an NFL analyst, the network announced. Parcells, who announced after the season that he was retiring from coaching after a four-year stint with the Dallas Cowboys, is to appear on the network's Monday night pregame show. He worked for ESPN...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Reportedly Headed to ESPN

Recently retired Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells reportedly will work for ESPN as an NFL analyst next season. ESPN is not renewing the contract of former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin....

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Joins CBS as Studio Analyst

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher has joined CBS as an NFL studio analyst. Cowher resigned from the Steelers last month after 15 seasons as their coach. He's not ruling out a future return to coaching and his TV work will enable him to keep tabs on what's happening...

 

By Mark Maske | February 15, 2007; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Reportedly Accepting NBC Offer

Retiring New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber reportedly has decided to accept a job at NBC. The network is to announce the move Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. Barber had been weighing competing offers from NBC and ABC-ESPN. At NBC, he reportedly will have roles on the "Today" show...

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2007; 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Madden Musings

John Madden was riding on his bus Monday with the NFL Network on his television. He was watching a news conference in which Nick Saban was deflecting questions about his interest in the University of Alabama's coaching job and talking about what moves he planned to make this offseason...

 

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Bowlen Says Games Will Stay on NFL Network Far Into the Future

The NFL Network will carry the last of its eight regular season games this season when it broadcasts Saturday night's Redskins-Giants game from FedEx Field. The chairman of the NFL's broadcasting committee, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, says he's pleased with the job the league-owned network has done and...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers at Bears Flexed to Final Game of Regular Season

The Green Bay at Chicago game on Sunday has been moved to 8:15 p.m. on NBC under the NFL's flexible-scheduling plan. It will be the final game of the regular season. Under the flex-scheduling arrangement, the decision about which game to switch to the Sunday night time slot for...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Still Waiting For Final Flex-Scheduling Move

The league has until Monday to decide which game on Dec. 31, the final day of the regular season, will be moved to 8:15 p.m. on NBC under the flexible-scheduling plan. Under the plan, such switches in previous weeks had to be done at least 12 days in advance....

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs-Chargers on Dec. 17 Will Be Night Game

The NFL moved the Kansas City at San Diego game on Dec. 17 to 8:15 p.m. on NBC. The move was made under the league's flexible scheduling plan....

 

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2006; 09:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints-Cowboys Becomes Night Game on Dec. 10

The NFL, under its flexible-scheduling plan, moved the starting time of the New Orleans at Dallas game on Dec. 10 to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Buffalo at New York Jets game on the same day was moved to 4:15 on CBS....

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2006; 09:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seattle at Denver Will Be Night Game on Dec. 3

The NFL, under its flexible-scheduling plan, moved the Seattle at Denver game on Dec. 3 to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Dallas at New York Giants and Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh games on the same day were moved to 4:15 on Fox, and the Jacksonville at Miami game...

 

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2006; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles at Colts on Nov. 26 Flexed to Nighttime Slot

The Philadelphia at Indianapolis game on Nov. 26 has been moved from 1 to 8:15 p.m. on NBC as part of the league's flexible-scheduling plan. It's the third such game to be rescheduled under the first-year arrangement designed to ensure attractive games in the Sunday night time slot. The...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers-Broncos on Nov. 19 Moved to Nighttime Slot

The NFL has made its second set of moves under its flexible-scheduling plan. The Nov. 19 game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos has been moved to 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC. The Indianapolis Colts-Dallas Cowboys game on the same day has been moved to 4:15 p.m...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

All Local TV Blackouts Lifted for Eighth Time in Eight Weeks This Season

The NFL continues to hit new heights of popularity. Prior to this season, there had been 13 weekends since the NFL instituted its current policy regarding local television blackouts in 1973 that all the games on a weekend had been sold out in time to be televised in the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (3)

Local TV Ratings Soaring for Redskins, Ravens

The Washington Redskins' struggles this season aren't hurting the local television ratings for their games. Redskins games this season have an average rating of 26.5 in the Washington market, according to the NFL. That's up 14 percent from a similar point last season, tied for the sixth-largest increase league-wide....

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 08:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears-Giants Game on Nov. 12 Moved to Nighttime Slot Under Flexible-Scheduling Plan

The Nov. 12 game between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants at Giants Stadium has been moved to 8:15 p.m. It had been scheduled to be played that afternoon. It is the first game to be rescheduled under the league's new flexible-scheduling plan, designed to ensure that NBC...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

League Not Censoring NFL Network, Goodell Says

New commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he does not see the league as a censor for the television channel that it owns, the NFL Network. "It's, one, a distribution outlet for the NFL," Goodell said when asked about the role of the league-owned network. "By putting [regular season]...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Gumbel Won't Be Fired From NFL Network Job

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--New NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said here today that he won't dismiss Bryant Gumbel as an announcer on the league-owned NFL Network. Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue had said that Gumbel's status with the network would be up for discussion after the veteran broadcaster recently made highly critical...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2006; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Some in League Would Be Surprised if Gumbel is Fired

Several executives with NFL teams said in recent days they would be surprised if the league dismisses veteran broadcaster Bryant Gumbel. Gumbel is scheduled to handle the play-by-play duties in the eight games to be carried by the league-owned NFL Network this season. But outgoing commissioner Paul Tagliabue said...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2006; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

Upshaw Dismisses Gumbel Remarks

NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw says he won't be drawn into a public dispute with broadcaster Bryant Gumbel. Upshaw was asked for his reaction to Gumbel's highly critical comments last week on his HBO show. Said Upshaw: "I am not willing to discuss the irresponsible comments of Bryant...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2006; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gumbel Could Be Replaced on NFL Network

NEW YORK--League officials are discussing the possibility of replacing Bryant Gumbel as an announcer on the NFL Network because of critical comments that the veteran broadcaster made on HBO, outgoing commissioner Paul Tagliabue said here today. Tagliabue said that he, incoming commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Network President Steve...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2006; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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