According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL and ESPN are in ongoing negotiations to broadcast the package of games that were once exclusive to the NFL Network. For those of us who are a part of the 66% of households who do not receive the NFL Network, the outcome of these negotiations could spell the end of the cable customer lockout.
The NFL has slowly been losing ground in its battle to force cable companies to offer the NFL Network on its own terms. Last year, the NFL yielded to customer outcry when the Patriot's bid to finish the regular season undefeated was originally scheduled exclusively on the NFL Network. To placate customers, they allowed CBS and NBC to simulcast the game.
With the news of a potential partnership in works, fans can begin to breath a little easier. Although it will go down as one of the greatest games in Texans history, many fans had to hit the local watering hole to watch Mario Williams’ spectacular 3.5 sack performance. While it was a glorious night for Texans football, there were millions of potential viewers who were unable to watch the game in the comforts of their own home. With the deal being hammered out between the two sides, there is a renewed hope for cable subscribers everywhere.