[size=12pt]NFL reaches deal with NCAA commissioners over game footage[/size]
Posted: Thursday November 12, 2009 3:04PM; Updated: Thursday November 12, 2009 3:04PM
By Don Banks,

Though it is not the over-arching, long-term agreement it sought with eight of college football's major conferences, the NFL believes a short-term arrangement to receive digitized versions of this season's game tapes directly from all affected schools is now in place, a league source told Thursday.

The league's competition committee is hopeful of collecting game content immediately, thereby easing the time crunch that the NFL's college advisory committee faced this year in scouting and evaluating what many analysts expect to be a record number of juniors in the 2010 draft class.

As in the past, the league will only pay schools for the expenses they incur in making the content available, with no rights fees attached.