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Q&A: The State of the NFL Network

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Since its debut in November 2003, NFL Network has been in a Catch-22: It runs as a majority-owned and operated division of the NFL, but has been trying to establish itself as a destination for news and information that is independent from NFL control and censorship.

In a growing number of areas related to the NFL, NFL Network is in direct competition with ESPN – including rival live coverage of the NFL Draft. In fact, many key NFL Network executives have ESPN on their resumes, including president and CEO Steve Bornstein, Judy Fearing and Mark Quenzel. But the game plan also includes taking on other networks, print and online media outlets that cover news and events of the league.

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