NFL Network, After Ratings Flop, in Talks With ESPN

Partnership could give cable sports power 8 games, save face for league
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 5:58 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Having lost a game of chicken with the nation’s cable operators, the National Football League is in talks with ESPN to carry prime-time games that were unavailable to most American households last season, the Wall Street Journal reports. The NFL’s channel, charging lucrative fees, is available in only 40 million homes; major cable companies refused to carry it on the league’s terms.