Eagles could benefit from NFL's good fortunes

Eagles could benefit from NFL's good fortunes
September 12, 2013, 9:00 am
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At the end of the current NFL season, new network television contracts will take effect until 2022 with NBC, CBS and FOX all dishing out $3 billion a year for the rights to televise the countries most popular sport.

When you add other media deals with ESPN, NFL Network, DirecTV and Westwood One radio, each team in the NFL is taking in more than $200 million a year, according to Forbes. That's before any tickets, merchandise or food at the stadium is sold.

We can't get enough football on TV. The Eagles-Redskins game earned the highest rating for a Monday Night Football opener since ESPN began televising MNF in 2006.

The Eagles are currently only slated for one more prime-time game, next Thursday against Kansas City on the NFL Network. If the Eagles' offense continues to rack up points at an alarming pace, don't be surprised to see the Nov. 17 rematch with the Redskins changed to Sunday night as part of the TV-flex schedule.

That is a long way away but based on Monday night, the Eagles are an entertaining product that viewers obviously enjoyed.

Late Sunday afternoon, 28.5 million viewers tuned in to see San Francisco top Green Bay in the highest-rated and most-watched telecast of any kind since the Academy Awards in February.

In this day and age when television viewership is down, the NFL continues to increase its audience and its revenue, and teams like the Eagles are in prime position to benefit from the league's good fortunes.