NFLN dumps Rams-Browns re-air over virtual signage

Like many of you, I was looking forward to watching the re-air of Saturday night’s game between the Rams and the Browns on NFL Network at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Like many of you, I was disappointed to tune in and see a game that was broadcast nationally by CBS, Saints at Colts.

So why did NFL Network dump the Rams-Browns contest?  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns disregarded the new ban on virtual signage during preseason contests.  Which prompted NFLN to in turn disregard the Browns’ broadcast.

“Virtual signage” has resulted in team’s selling large chunks of the field, such as the entire red-zone area.

Currently, NFLN is attempting to secure the rights to the Rams’ broadcast of the game.  If that happens, the Rams-Browns game will re-air as scheduled on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. ET and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET.  Absent the Rams’ broadcast, Giants-Jets and Panthers-Patriots will air in those two slots, respectively.

27 responses to “NFLN dumps Rams-Browns re-air over virtual signage

  1. As much as I’d like to applaud the league for taking a stand against crass commercialism and maintaining the integrity of the televised game, I know that the real reason they’re doing this is because they aren’t seeing a cut of the revenues.

  2. On the bright side, ordinarily neither team has an offense that would lead to the red zone being seen very often.

  3. Thanks for the info! Game was supposed to be shown last night too, but was changed to Redskins/Ravens without reason. Sent an email to NFL Network today as well when Saints/Colts came on but predictably received no response.

  4. I guarantee this is not over and only just the beginning. Corporate America and the all mighty Dollar will always prevail. As soon as a way that all parties are satisfied with their take, we the customer will get screwed. So, not only will you have to pay for NFL Ticket, but I can see paying extra for “No Ads” Premium Package. Go ahead and laugh or give a Thumb’s Down, but think about it. We currently have the technology and other media models show this to be quite viable.

  5. I noticed it watching the Cleveland broadcast. One was for Discount Drug Mart a local drug store chain.

    Jimmy Haslam: ” I wasn’t aware the NFL banned it.”

    Reporter: didn’t you say the same thing about the rebate scandal at Pilot Flying J?

    HASLAM: Johnny needs to act like a backup

  6. NFL Network didn’t show my Bears & Seahawks game live either. I know it was a blowout but that’s not the point. We pay good money and I look forward to seeing theses games. Time to reconsider if it keeps happening.

  7. Bearfan…. reconsider what??? Dropping NFL Network??? Unless you drop to a package that has no sports networks, you’ll get it…

    I will be curious if the game was dropped from the preseason streaming package as well…

  8. I called DirectTV & they didn’t accept blame, blamed it on the network & couldn’t say more.

  9. It was just as annoying inside the stadium. You can barely see the game stats, but the ads take up whole sections. They should come down on that crap, it waters down the game ….

  10. I didn’t get to see the first qtr but, from what I did see of the rest of the game, it wasn’t worth changing the channel remote.

    I’m a life-long Browns fan but, they look absolutely awful. Pettine and his crew look like they’re in over their heads. Hoyer looks lost, and the right side of that O-line looks even worse than last year.

    Other than the D-line, where was that “all-pro” defense the Browns are supposed to have???

    Another fricking lost season!

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