NEW YORK -- NFL games will be replayed in a 90-minute format
on NFL Network during the upcoming season.
In the past, the league didn't allow full rebroadcasts. But
beginning Tuesday, Sept. 12, "NFL Game Re-Airs'' will feature four
of the best matchups from the previous weekend. Eliminated will be
halftime and, according to a league announcement, "other elements
not critical to the outcome.''
But additional features, such as sideline and on-field sound
captured during the game and postgame news conference sound bites
will be interspersed within the broadcast. There also will be
camera shots and angles from NFL Films that differ from those on
the original telecast.
"Fans have been asking us for years about encore presentations
of our games,'' said Charles Coplin, NFL Network's vice president
of programming. "For NFL Network, these rights are as significant
as securing the new Thursday-Saturday prime-time game package.''
Two games will be shown each Tuesday and Wednesday night. Games
shot in high definition will re-air in HD. Which games will be
re-aired will be announced Mondays.
It will be the first time in league history that games from the
NFL regular-season or playoffs will be shown outside their live
window. The network expects to show 75 replays altogether.