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NFL uses flex to maintain flexbility

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes

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The NFL’s decision to flex the Dec. 22 Ravens-Patriots game out of prime time for Eagles-Bears initially caused much head-scratching, until Sports Business Journal reported it was driven by an arcane TV contract provision.

It turns out the gap between games taken from CBS and Fox for prime time windows in any given season may not exceed three. If Ravens-Patriots had remained at night, CBS’s...

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NBC Sports Network tries to blaze a trail

FILE - This is a Nov. 17, 2010,

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Sports TV executives have started hiding behind potted plants when they see me coming, knowing I will annoy them with questions about the glut of content and microscopic ratings for cable networks that has resulted.

 Alas, Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Network, did not react quickly enough at a recent NHL lunch, so I asked him about the state of the channel as it...

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