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11/12/2007-East Texas

Big Cowboy-Packers Showdown Not on Cable?

It's destined to be one of the biggest match-ups this year for Cowboys fans, but if you want to see it you may be out of luck.  

In less than two weeks the Cowboys square off against fellow league powerhouse the Green Bay Packers. However this much-anticipated showdown may be off limits for much of East Texas.

"Sunday's is Cowboys day. That has always been a part of my life growing up ," said Justin Stafford. He is like many avid East Texas Cowboy fans very excited about the upcoming Cowboys/Packers game on November 29th.

"Both quarterbacks are amazing, and it will be a battle of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now. It is going to be amazing," said Justin.

An amazing game that only a select few might be able to see. The reason: It is one of eight games that only the NFL Network has the rights to air.

"It's ridiculous they don't have it on cable. I just can't believe it," said Justin. "The biggest game probably of the season, besides the Super Bowl, to me."

Suddenlink Cable, one of East Texas' biggest cable providers, said they are negotiating with the NFL network. But the NFL's request to be included in their expanded basic cable package comes at a hefty price. A $100-million price tag Suddenlink said will have to be picked up, at least in part, by the customers.

"We want to carry the NFL Network and at the same time be fair to all customers, both fans and not. [We} have asked them to be on a digital sports package but so far [they] have refused.

A refusal that kept some fans in the dark last year, and if that is any indication, they may be facing the same thing come game day. 

"I really want to be able to watch the game," said Justin.

Now a station in each of the home cities will be able to broadcast the game. This one will air on KDFI in Dallas.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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