"We created a way of portraying the game," Steve Sabol said 2 years ago. That "way" has helped turn the NFL into an $8 billion-a-year cash cow that has left baseball and college football and every other sport in its dust.
That "way" has helped the Sabols and NFL Films win an impressive 92 Emmys over the years, with another 14 nominations announced earlier this month. But the layoffs earlier this month of 21 NFL Films employees was the latest indication that many in the league may think that "way" has outlived its usefulness.
There is a belief by many that the league is phasing out the quality filmmaking that NFL Films has become famous for over the years. Steve Bornstein, the former ESPN chief who was brought in by the league to run NFL Media, which includes the NFL Network, NFL.com and NFL Films, has shown less and less interest in Films' signature programming, according to several league sources.
He has indicated, the sources said, it's too expensive to make and that there isn't a market out there for it anymore.
BULLSHIT NFL! YOU GAINED A LOT OF MONEY FROM THOSE TV CONTRACTS, AND RECORD CONTRACTS etc.
We, the undersigned, will not stand for this! We grew up with watching clips from NFL Films from the beginning of football, to present day!
If you're a football fan, you must have saw an NFL Films clip at least 100 times in your life. SIGN NOW!
The Save NFL Films petition to National Football League was written by Yani and is in the category Football at GoPetition.