May 19, 2009

NFL, Comcast work out NFL Network deal

Comcast Corporation and the NFL announced an end to their legal fight over placement of the NFL Network on the cable television company's lineup.

Comcast said it would move the NFL Network from a special sports tier, where about 2 million subscribers paid about an extra $8 a month for the channels, to its digital level, which has about 8.6 million customers.

The cable company made the original switch in 2006, saying the fees the NFL demanded for access to the NFL Network forced it to charge more for it. The change led to a legal action by both sides.

Tuesday's announcement said those legal issues had also been resolved, Comcast and the NFL said in a release.

We are delighted to have come to an agreement with the NFL, said Comcast Chief Executive Officer Brian L. Roberts. Our goal has always been to provide our digital customers with access to the NFL's unique content and, working together, we have struck the right balance between value and distribution on a variety of viewing platforms.

Comcast customers should see the channel change in August, the release said.