DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 5: General view of the NFL Network set as Rich Eisen Michael Irvin Rod Woodson and Steve Young (from left) chat prior to the announcement of the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 5 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Early August reports surfaced that the NFL Network may be available to Time Warner customers by the start of the 2011 season with Jim Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writing that "Time Warner could reach an agreement with the NFL Network before the season starts Sept. 8." It's five days before the season starts and there's still no known agreement between the network and one of the nation's largest cable providers.
We wanted to update that file.
After negotiations were reported between the two sides, it was quickly becoming known that no progress was being made.
According to Claire Atkinson of the New York Post, Time Warner executives are reportedly very angry...
...because one of its media partners, DirecTV, has launched a marketing campaign that offers its NFL Sunday Ticket package at no charge -- which the executives believe can lead to a loss in subscribers.
Atkins later wrote:
...one NFL insider admitted, "We're not even close." A separate source added: "Goodell says the same thing every year. It's laughable at this point."
At this point it would be surprising if Time Warner customers were given the NFL Network before the start of the 2011 regular season.