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FOX SPORTS ADDS NFL EUROPE GAMES TO SUMMER SCHEDULE
Published January 19, 1999
During halftime of Sunday's NFC Championship Game, Fox Sports and the NFL announced a partnership to broadcast NFL Europe League regular-season games beginning this season. The deal, which is in place for the '99 and 2000 seasons, includes the national broadcast on Fox of one NFLEL game on each of the league's final three Sundays, June 6, 13 and 20, and the broadcast of the '99 World Bowl on June 27. FSN will also air one game-of-the-week beginning April 17 (NFL). BUT ARE AFFILS HAPPY? News of the additional weekend sports programming comes as MEDIAWEEK's Freeman & Consoli write that Fox's reclaiming of weekend time "has raised concerns" among some affils over loss of spot inventory and contractual conflicts with syndicators. Fox's recent pickup of some NTRA races and two women's pro tennis events, along with the NFLEL, has "several" Fox station execs saying "the network's ever-expanding sports slate may be a source of contention" at next week's affils meeting in New Orleans. Fox Sports Senior VP/Media Relations Vince Wladika: "Our affiliates have to realize that they are part of a network, and that live network sports programming has [increased] the value of their stations immensely" (MEDIAWEEK, 1/18 issue).