NFL Network Shoots Down Time Warner Offers


In a letter Friday to Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, NFL Network CEO Steve Bornstein rejected two of the operator’s proposals for making the Dec. 28 Texas Bowl, featuring Rutgers and Kansas State, available to its New York-area viewers.

Time Warner had offered to carry either just the Rutgers game on its basic tier or to offer the network for one week on a digital tier. Bornstein said neither offer succeeds in making the game “available to local fans at no additional cost while also exposing customers to other [National Football League]-related programming.”

For its part, Cablevision was only interested in airing the Rutgers-Kansas State contest. At press time, Cablevision executives said they had not yet heard from NFL Network about its stand.