A Cable Victory

5:15 PM -- As has been documented in this space and sports sections across the country, cable MSOs have been going head to head against the U.S.'s most popular professional sports league over how much the league's television station, the NFL Network, is worth. (See Ready for Some Football?.)

The network's first televised game this season stirred a lot of debate when it pitted a classic matchup of two 10-1 teams. Only a third of the country was able to see it. This Saturday night, the NFL Network will be carrying the Giants/Patriots game with the Patriots on the verge of making history by being the first team ever to go 16-0.

It's another game that fans were furious over not being able to see, but for now, the league has caved and will allow NBC and CBS to simulcast the NFL Network's telecast of Saturday night's game. So while it's not a permanent resolution between the league and the cable MSOs, it was the first sign of either side showing any weakness in the battle.

Either way, I still get the feeling that when this is permanently resolved, it will be the individual subscribers, and not the NFL or cable MSOs, who make the concessions in the form of higher subscription rates.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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