The NFL Network scheduled an interview last Friday with Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker, as The Weinstein Company pic centers on a Philadelphia Eagles-loving family with football as a central theme. But the league-owned network pulled the segment at the last minute, saying the film’s gambling content wasn’t a proper fit (co-star Robert De Niro as Cooper’s father runs a small bookie operation that takes bets on NFL games). Harvey Weinstein cried foul (using the “c” word — censorship) and tells Reuters TV (see the full interview, which includes talk about Seal Team Six, here) that he still thinks the NFL blew the call:
The National Football League and Time Warner Cable Inc. resolved a nine-year impasse with an agreement that brings the league’s NFL Network …
Bethpage, N.Y. and New York, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — NFL Network and Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), the largest TV provider in the nation’s top media market, announced today that they have reached a multi-year agreement for carriage of NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel.
NFL Network will make its debut in Cablevision homes beginning tomorrow. NFL Network will be available on channel 150 in both standard-definition and HD for customers who subscribe to iO Preferred, iO Silver, iO Gold or the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak. NFL RedZone, which airs on Sundays throughout the regular season, will be offered in both standard-definition and HD on channel 151 as part of the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak, which is now included in the new iO Gold package, which was launched last spring.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed during his annual state-of-the league address today that the league’s NFL Network will expand its primetime Thursday Night Football from eight to 13 games next season. Earlier this year, the league planned to shop an eight-game Thursday schedule to other networks, but the lockout slowed those ambitions. The new deal means all 32 teams will be shown in primetime next season — the NFL Network’s slate begins in Week 2 and goes through Week 15. Of course, not everyone will see those five new games — the network is still not carried on major providers Time Warner Cable and Cablevision thanks to disputes over carriage fees. “We’ll continue to work with them,” Goodell said Friday in Indianapolis, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl. “We’ll continue to try to get an agreement. The market has spoken. The NFL Network’s here and it’s going to continue to grow.”
Sports Report: NFL Thursday TV Package In Play; Dodgers Anger Ally Fox Sports; NBA Lockout Hits The Courts
The NFL is shopping an eight-game Thursday primetime TV package, with commissioner Roger Goodell having informal conversations with networks last week, according to the Sports Business Journal, which is reporting that a stake in the league’s NFL Network might be in play for the winning bidder. The talks are expected to gain momentum now that the league-imposed lockout is over. The NFL Network currently has rights to eight late-season Thursday NFL games; the new package will cover the early season. The SBJ says Turner and Comcast would be front-runners, especially since they have cut previous deals that included league-owned assets (Turner pacted with the NBA in 2007; Comcast has a similar deal with the NHL). Fox and ESPN also are expected to be interested in the package. …