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Verizon Deal Hinders NFL Network

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Despite more interest around the NFL than ever and record TV ratings for its games, NFL Network’s distribution continues to stagnate at nearly 57 million homes. The network appears no closer to cutting deals with three of the country’s five biggest cable operators than it has been for the past two years, according to cable and league sources.

Despite striking a deal with Comcast nearly two years ago — a deal league officials thought would force other operators to follow suit — NFL Network still can’t find carriage on Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Charter.

One of the reasons for those holdups is the exclusive four-year, $720 million deal the league signed with Verizon last spring.

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