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FOX, NBC SPEAK OUT AGAINST POSSIBLE NFL PLAYOFF CHANGE
Published February 3, 1995
Yesterday's report that the NFL is considering discussions about possibly changing its playoff system drew "objections from the two networks that carried most of the NFL's regular season games." NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol: "I don't think they have to do anything. It also comes down to television economics. Fox paid a premium for that conference with those teams in it. I don't think it would be fair to change." Vince Wladika, Fox Sports Dir of Media Relations said Fox "has an agreement with the NFL to broadcast the NFC. That is what we paid for in the NFL package. It is a league matter, but this is what we have and we'd like it to stay that way." Ebersol said one type of change from the league he would like to see is "more meaningful rivalries," like Carolina-Jacksonville and the Jets-Giants playing every year (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 2/3). More Ebersol: "What I'd like to change about the Super Bowl is to eliminate the week off. The vast majority of coaches feel that extra week heightens the advantage of the superior team" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/3).