The other day your twitter feed was no doubt blasted by every beat writer in this league tweeting out some form of the press release that filled their inboxes: NFL Network will be showing 10 CUSA games this season.
CUSA’s other cable deal — the non CBS SN one — with BeIN expired after last season and there were questions about which broadcast entity would supplant them.
NFL Network is generally more available than BeIN in 2019, as the latter has been dropped from several major carriers in the last few years. NFL Network’s major battles with carriers is mostly over, although AT&T U-verse has recently dropped the network from its lineup.
The league is far away from being a television powerhouse and finding a cable network to show some marquee games weekly is a challenge in a saturated market. NFL Network is about on par with the BeIN of 2017 or so, when that deal was signed. Given that people who watch NFLN like american football it is not much of a jump to watch a little college football on Saturday evenings.
NFLN has shown some bowl games in the past, in addition to some all-star games. This is not the first foray into college sports but it is the first dip into regular season college ball.
From the release:
“The full NFL Network slate of games will be released with the rest of the 2019 C-USA Football multimedia schedule at a later date. C-USA football games on NFL Network will also be available through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.”
CR early judgement: This is a good move.