Time Warner Cable and the NFL Network are approaching the two-minute warning for another year in their carriage dispute that has stretched for nine seasons.
The NFL Network is scheduled to air the first of its expanded 13-game schedule a week from tonight, but whether the two sides will reach an agreement for this season is still up for debate.
Time Warner Cable became the only NFL Network holdout among the nine largest television providers in the country in mid-August when Cablevision and the pro football network announced a multi-year distribution agreement.
The NFL Network expanded its offerings for the upcoming season by adding additional games in the hopes of increasing distribution. The NFL Network will now broadcast 13 regular-season games, up from eight last year.
“There have been no substantial discussions since late July when NFL Network offered to extend carriage of NFLN at no rate increase for Time Warner Cable’s Insight systems, which had offered NFLN to its subscribers since 2005,” NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said. “Customers should prepare to make other arrangements to get NFL Network and NFL RedZone.”
Time Warner Cable declined the offer.
The NFL statement was slightly different than one made by NFL media chief operating officer Brian Rolapp on Aug. 16. At the time, Rolapp said, “We are not talking, regrettably, so as a result we’re obviously not close.”
A Time Warner Cable spokesman reiterated the cable provider’s statement from last month that conversations are ongoing and they remain hopeful a resolution can be reached.
The Chicago Bears visit the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13 in the opener on NFL Network.