mikeak wrote:^ no way. They would need 5-6 channels at game-time, they would have to spend money to get it up and most likely not make more than selling it to Directv
Remember two main reasons Directv has the deal
1) Simplicity - One contract covers the whole nation
2) Directv pays more than they get back from subscribers as they use it to tie customers to two year deals. In other words NFL has a very low chance of making as much as they get paid now.
I see splitting it up if there are substantial chances of making more money. Do it themselves - don't see it
The NFLs long term goal is to be completely in charge of any information or games from their product. That's why they hate sites such as ours, they want to have final say on anything related to NFL football by "their" definition not us or some news channel.
The NFL Channel was the first step in this direction. Someday they will broadcast their own games and leave all other stations in the dust. Money? Not a problem as they will get all the advertising moneys broadcasting channels are now getting.
The only reason they tolerate other broadcasters now is the money. Again I say someday you will not be able to print/say anything about the NFL without it coming directly from and censored by the NFL. Things like the Hernandez deal will not see the light of day because they don't want to allow anything that negative about the league to make the news.
Sound outragous? Think about the owners and their opinions even now.