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    NBA getting squeezed. Looks like the NBA allstar game will be played during Final Four weekend



    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/footb...-changes_x.htm



    NFL wants later times, dates
    By Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY
    Although changes could be a few years away, NFL fans shouldn't get too comfortable on their couches.

    In the next TV contract for 2006, February might be a month with more playoff games. And fans could have an extra hour of Sunday leisure.



    The NFL has floated several proposals to the TV networks to alter programming. Which proposal do you think is the best?

    Move back Sunday kickoff times an hour
    Drop the AFC/NFC designations for Sunday games
    Start the season one or two weeks later
    Switch 'Monday Night Football' to Thursdays
    Add a fifth package of games to another network





    Moving back the start of the season at least a week and pushing back kickoff times for Sunday games are among the proposals former ESPN/ABC Sports President Steve Bornstein has asked the networks to consider in negotiations. Bornstein, hired as NFL executive vice president, is charged with boosting the rights fees from the current eight-year, $17.8 billion deal.

    It is expected that negotiations could be conducted this fall, a year sooner than scheduled.

    Two high-ranking network executives outlined the proposal, but Bornstein and officials from Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC/ESPN and HBO declined comment.

    "I am aware of some of these discussion points," TV consultant Neal Pilson said Thursday. "I think it makes sense the league is consulting with its partners on how to improve the television packages. I'm sure the networks welcome being consulted."

    IMG's Barry Frank said, "I certainly respect the fact the NFL should explore every possibility. I'd think everybody would agree on moving up the negotiations.

    "It's a good time to be negotiating. The ratings are strong and business has picked up."

    Other proposals the NFL has floated to the networks:

    Move back starting times for Sunday afternoon games on Fox and CBS an hour to 2 and 5 p.m. ET. A similar move in playoff games has resulted in higher ratings. CBS would probably be against the plan because it would further delay "60 Minutes," the network's highly successful news program.

    Drop the AFC/NFC delineations on Sunday afternoon games. Fox and CBS would alternately choose games when the schedule is determined in April.

    Move back the start of the season one to two weeks, with the goal of moving some of the playoffs into the February TV ratings sweeps period.

    Move ABC's Monday Night Football to Thursday. That probably won't happen as MNF's ratings improved last year and NBC and CBS have traditionally had stronger counter programming on Thursday.

    Add a fifth TV package of games, possibly on Thursday nights. TNT, HBO and Fox/Comcast figure to be interested in a new package that might be valued at $500 million to $800 million a year. If the NFL obtains 3% to 5% increases in the present packages, it likely would not pursue an extra TV partner.

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    On a slightly unrelated note, I miss the NBA on NBC. ABC sucks goats.

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    On a slightly unrelated note, I miss the NBA on NBC. ABC sucks goats.

    Why in the heck didn't ABC have an NBA game today. There was nothing else on. ABC had some golf tournament and they likely had the contract, but could you imagine the NFL allowing a golf tournament to interfere with their Sunday games.

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    On a slightly unrelated note, I miss the NBA on NBC. ABC sucks goats.

    Why in the heck didn't ABC have an NBA game today. There was nothing else on. ABC had some golf tournament and they likely had the contract, but could you imagine the NFL allowing a golf tournament to interfere with their Sunday games.
    I wondered that as well. At least ESPN has a game on now.

    I miss the NBA on NBC theme song.

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    I was watching the Arena football game on NBC today and it just made me realize that odds were there would have been an NBA game on instead if NBC still had the contract.

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    Philly up 10 on Minnesota in the 2nd quarter!

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    Philly up 10 on Minnesota in the 2nd quarter!
    45-42 Sixers at the half.

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    71-69 Sixers w/ 5:20 to go. Very impressive. I applaud their effort.

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    75-72 Philly w/ 1:31 to go! Minny with the ball after the timeout.

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    79-74 Sixers w/ 20.0 seconds left! Minny will inbound.

    They are showing GREAT heart tonight.

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    Cassell airballed the 3, fouled Korver to stop the clock at about 11 seconds to go. Korver to the line.

    Hits the first.

    And the second.

    81-74 Sixers. Time running out, KG misses the 3, and that's it!

    Wow.

    GO SIXERS! WHAT A GUT CHECK!!

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    They've really just gutted this one out. Nice win.

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    GO SIXERS! WHAT A GUT CHECK!!
    Hicks its never to late to come over to the dark side and convert to a 76ers fan. I can even hook you up with a nice Kyle Korver jersey. It was a good win and it was nice to see the team play with some heart and show some character. The team definitely plays better defense and is easier to root for without big dog in there.

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