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NFL Network makes first change in graphics game plan: ‘This is more of a modern approach’

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 08 / 14

For the first time since it launched 11 years ago, NFL Network will have a completely different on-air look, as the league-owned channel rolled out a new graphics package over the NFL’s opening weekend. Created over the past five months by the Los Angeles-based graphics agency Oishii Creati...

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