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    Re: NFL Network to carry eight regular season games next year

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    NFL | ESPN has Plan B for Monday nights
    Mon, 30 Jan 2006 05:42:52 -0800

    Andrew Marchand, of the New York Post, reports ESPN has a Plan B for their Monday Night Football broadcasts should they allow Al Michaels to leave, as previously reported. ESPN is strongly considering putting talk show host/columnist Tony Kornheiser on its telecast next year. If the network allows Michaels out of his contract then the new team is expected to be led by Mike Tirico. Tirico will be joined by Joe Theismann and Kornheiser, if Kornheiser agrees to ESPN's offer that is believed to be for around $1 million.

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    Re: NFL Network to carry eight regular season games next year

    You guys are lucky.
    We are only able to see The statistics on nfl.com
    Rosie O'Donnell is a dude!

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    Re: NFL Network to carry eight regular season games next year

    "Prophet" wrote:
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    NFL | ESPN has Plan B for Monday nights
    Mon, 30 Jan 2006 05:42:52 -0800

    Andrew Marchand, of the New York Post, reports ESPN has a Plan B for their Monday Night Football broadcasts should they allow Al Michaels to leave, as previously reported. ESPN is strongly considering putting talk show host/columnist Tony Kornheiser on its telecast next year. If the network allows Michaels out of his contract then the new team is expected to be led by Mike Tirico. Tirico will be joined by Joe Theismann and Kornheiser, if Kornheiser agrees to ESPN's offer that is believed to be for around $1 million.
    Ohhhh, HAY-EL NO!!!!! Please God, for all that is holy, is there a Plan C???
    I can't STAND Kornheiser! And to make matters worse, he'd be teamed up with Theismann??? ukeright:

    I never thought it possible that a network could actually make me NOT want to watch the Vikes in a Monday Night game.....but the (ESP) Network is bringing that possibility to life. UGH!!!

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    Re: NFL Network to carry eight regular season games next yea

    POSTED 11:21 a.m. EST, January 30, 2006
    MICHAELS PULLING OUT OF MNF?
    Mike Florio

    There's a burgeoning rumor that Al Michaels is having second thoughts about his decision to make the move with Monday Night Football from ABC to ESPN. He's currently scheduled to work with ESPN Sunday night holdover Joe Theismann on the Monday night broadcast, beginning in September.

    On June 16, 2005, we wrote that Michaels previously had turned up his nose at the prospect of working for a "four-letter network." Not too long thereafter, Michaels accepted the offer to stay with the franchise for which he has worked for 20 seasons.

    But now the talk is that Michaels wants to join booth partner John Maddenon NBC's new Sunday night package. Michaels also might be influenced by the possibility that the Sunday night broadcast will become the bigger deal, since MNF has moved to cable. But since pretty much everyone who watches sports on TV has access to ESPN (including, presumably, the folks with the Nielsen equipment), we think that Monday night won't lose much of its luster (unless ESPN continues to relentless overhype it).

    If Michaels bolts -- and if ESPN doesn't force him to honor his contract -- the Boys in Bristol could re-work the booth to include Theisman, Mike Tirico, and Tony Kornheiser.. Tirico (bad move) would handle the play-by-play, and Kornheiser (great move) would participate in the color commentary. Kornheiser, by the way, was a finalist for the MNF spot filled by Dennis Miller several years back.

    In our view, a move toward guys like Tirico and Kornheiser represents an implicit concession from the Boys in Bristol that the Sunday night lineup of Theismann, Mike Patrick, and Paul Maguire simply wasn't getting it done anymore. The trio had been criticized by the media and fans for their excessive slobberings regarding the virtues of the guys who happen to be playing in the game that they were working. In fact, we were amazed by the selection of Theismann for a spot on the Monday night telecast, and we believed that Michaels specifically wanted to work with someone who was incapable of showing him up.

    And if Michaels gets out, we have a feeling that the network will be looking for an excuse to dump Theismann as well, opting instead for a completely fresh start.

    Our preference would be Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, and Kornheiser, if anyone cares. (And usually no one does.)

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    Re: NFL Network to carry eight regular season games next yea

    POSTED 11:57 a.m. EST, January 30, 2006
    NFL NETWORK DEAL SCREWS PLAYERS?
    Mike Florio

    A league insider has explained to us that the NFL's decision to telecast eight regular-season games per year on the league-owned NFL Network might directly result in a lot less money being available to pay the salaries of players in 2006 and 2007.

    How so, you ask? The current CBA funds the salary cap with so-called "Defined Gross Revenues." A specific percentage (roughly 60 percent) of the Defined Gross Revenues funds the team-by-team spending limit.

    The problem is that the current CBA, which runs through 2007, specifically includes revenue from television contracts in the calculation of DGR -- but it arguably does not encompass the profits and revenues realized by the NFL Network through the airing of regular season games.

    Specifically, Article XXIV, Section 1(a)(i)(2) includes proceeds from the sale of broadcast rights within the definition of DGR. However, Article XXIV, Section 1(a)(iii) seems to provide the NFL with an argument that the profits generated via the operation of the NFL Network are excluded from the DGR calculation, regardless of whether a portion of the profits comes from the fact that eight "real" games per year will now be shown on the station.

    So by turning up its nose at the possibility of selling the package of eight late-season games to Comcast for $300 million to $400 million per year, the NFL possibly has blocked anywhere from $180 million to $240 million from being paid into the salary cap this year. This equates to roughly $5.6 million to $7.5 million per team, and roughly $100,000 to $140,000 per player.

    Now, it's possible that the NFL will decide to include the NFL Network's profits derived from these games within the DGR formula, since no one contemplated the existence of an NFL-owned cable channel when the CBA was negotiated. However, the argument in favor of the NFL keeping the money is that the NFLPA could have requested the insertion of language that would have been sufficiently broad to encompass such a development.

    But if the NFL tries to turn the screws on this one and gets away with it, the storm cloud presently hovering over the many years of labor peace will get a lot darker -- and the likelihood of a work stoppage in 2008 could increase dramatically.

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    Re: NFL Network to carry eight regular season games next yea

    "happy camper" wrote:
    "ChezPizmo" wrote:
    "jaymz7" wrote:
    How would you feel if tthe night game they added was the Vikings as the team that would be hosting the game every year?
    Heh, won't happen.
    When has the league ever showcased the Vikes as of late?
    2 years ago Monday night against the Eagles
    2 years ago Monday night against the Colts
    Last year Monday night against the Packers
    Last year Sunday night against the Ravens
    Last year they moved our game against the Bears to 3:15 to get a wider audience.
    They were on Sunday night against the Saints (the game Moss got hurt during) two years ago and I think maybe even against the Bears too.

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