I could understand because the NFL had leverage allowing ESPN NFL highlight access but why didn't a channel like HBO or Showtime pick it up?
HBO had Hard Knocks and Inside the NFL at the time and didn't want to lose those shows. Showtime wanted to get some sort of NFL programming (and eventually did when they took over Inside the NFL) and did not want to be blacklisted.
ESPN didn't want to risk the NFL blocking them from airing games once their deal was up.
Was this because it was eerily similar to the lives of actual NFL players?
I clearly remember Joe Theismann getting on the radio and crying like a spoiled brat saying "We don't want our world exposed to the public" which indicated the show was actually fairly accurate in its portrayal of all the crazy shite that happens.
This post was edited on 5/23 at 4:58 pm