By Steve Kelly
If you like the NFL Network, Comcast is going to soak you for another $10 per month for the privilege of watching.
Comcast Corp. is charging Xfinity customers the extra monthly fee by taking the network off its main offering and onto its sports package tier.
And it’s blaming the recent deal between Fox Sports and the National Football League. Earlier this year, Fox outbid Comcast-owned NBC for the Thursday NFL games, agreeing to pay $550 to $650 million a year for 11 games a season, according to ESPN and Bleacher Report.
Which was a massive overpayment by Fox, considering Thursday night ratings have been abysmal.
On July 1, Comcast will discontinue the NFL Network on digital starter and make it available on its 220-channel “digital preferred” package, which costs $69.99 without a contract.
The NFL has licensed some of its Thursday nights to the streaming service Amazon Prime and the NFL Mobile app on Verizon service, according to Consumer Reports.