If TNT decides it wants back in, it would have to beat out at least one of the league’s current TV partners, namely CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. Those partners pay the NFL about $7 billion combined annually to broadcast its games. It’s hard to imagine those partners giving up their piece without a fight.
Then again, the market is changing rapidly. ESPN pays the most of any network TV partner — $1.9 billion annually — for its “Monday Night Football” package, but it has been losing millions of subscribers. In response, it has laid off anchors, reporters and producers to cut costs.
The good news for ESPN: After much campaigning, it appears to have been given a much stronger “MNF” slate for 2017. Nine of the 17 games on the schedule are divisional matchups.
In a letter to fans sent Tuesday, Goodell said, “We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.
“In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes. That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.”
The NFL is allowing some harmless activity such as group celebrations, using the ball Cheap Jerseys MLB as a prop and snow angels. But miming weapons, offensive gestures Cheap Jerseys From USA and sexually suggestive actions such as twerking are among those that will remain banned.
Al Riveron, head of refs, says it’s still possible to get a 15-yarder for an illegal celebration — taunting, weapon imagery, etc.