Comcast Corp. and the National Football League have put their differences aside and reached a new, long-term carriage agreement.
They have also agreed to settle the related legal disputes and discontinue pending legal actions before the Federal Communications Commission and a New York state court.
The carriage agreement covers the network, VOD for Comcast’s Digital Classic cable customers and the ability to offer the NFL’s RedZone Channel when it is created.
Comcast will begin repositioning NFL Network from its Sports Entertainment Package to the Digital Classic level of service with a full launch by Aug. 1. This will allow the network to reach nearly two-thirds of the company’s digital customer base.
“We are delighted to have come to an agreement with the NFL,” said Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts. “Working together, we have struck the right balance between value and distribution on a variety of viewing platforms.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he was “very pleased that NFL Network and other NFL content will be widely distributed in millions of more homes on Comcast’s service.”