Comcast Statement About NFL Network Carriage

David L.
Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation made a official statement regarding
the NFL carriage situation.
“Comcast
offers the NFL Network to all of its interested customers today and they can
watch every NFL game the league makes available on cable television. The fact
is that the vast majority of our customers have elected not to receive NFL
Network. Under our agreement with the NFL, which the league negotiated and
signed, we offer the NFL Network as part of our Sports Entertainment Package.
This is the best and fairest way to provide the NFL’s expensive programming to
customers, because viewers who want to watch the channel will be able to see
it, while others who prefer not to receive it will not be forced to pay.”

“While the
NFL claims that it wants its games to be seen by the widest possible audiences,
it’s actually their rules that limit which games fans can watch. It’s the NFL
that designates which cities can have over-the-air broadcasts of specific
games. It is also the NFL that decided to take these eight games off of free
broadcast television and to try to enrich themselves at the expense of their
fans by creating a multi-billion dollar asset called the NFL Network.”