The NFL and Roger Goodell continue to catch heat for their tone-deaf decision of placing the Kansas City Chiefs–Miami Dolphins postseason clash exclusively on Peacock. Fans and media members are ripping the league’s higher-ups for selling the rights to a playoff game to a streaming provider, leaving many unable to watch the highly anticipated rematch between the Chiefs and Dolphins. The NFL’s determination to sell out during the league’s most prominent time of the year has even drawn outrage from politicians. On Friday, New York congressman Pat Ryan took to Twitter (also known as X) to demand the league and NBCSports end “this Peacock bait-and-switch BS and offer the Dolphins-Chiefs game on TV.”
How much more profit do Goodell and NBC need to make at the expense of hard working Americans?
Millions of loyal fans already pay for NBC. Let us watch the damn game! pic.twitter.com/cciqwvZDoE
— Rep. Pat Ryan (@RepPatRyanNY) January 12, 2024
Rep Pat Ryan: Rips NFL and Roger Goodell for Peacock Game
Ryan sent a letter to the NFL on Friday, calling out the league for selling out during the postseason. He said, “The NFL playoffs begin tomorrow, and millions of fans are looking forward to kicking back and watching their favorite teams play. It’s a tradition as American as apple pie…Yet this year, you’ve decided to rip off fans by exclusively broadcasting tomorrow’s Chiefs vs. Dolphins wildcard game on Peacock. For the first time ever, fans will be forced to choose between signing up for yet another expensive streaming service or missing out on a major playoff game.”
Ryan continued, “This bait-and-switch is particularly egregious for consumers who already pay for NBC as part of their cable package. Since Peacock is a subsidiary of NBC/Universal, this exclusive deal essentially double-charges loyal fans to watch games they thought they had already paid for.”
Fans without Peacock must sign up for the paid service or stream the game illegally. The idea of signing up for Peacock and paying a monthly subscription for just the Kansas City Chiefs against the Miami Dolphins game has angered NFL fans, calling for the league, like Ryan, to place the contest on regular broadcasting.
“The NFL raked in $12 billion in 2022, while NVC/Universal made nearly $40 billion… The NFL and NBC must make this right. I’m requesting that you offer the game on broadcast television and end the exclusive and exploitative streaming deals for good.”
Kansas City Chiefs: Host Miami Dolphins in Record-Setting Cold Weather
The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. The weather is projected to hit as low as -4 degrees, with winds as high as 30 MPH. The Chiefs and Dolphins played earlier this season in Germany, with Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes going 20 of 30 for 185 yards and two scores. KC won 21-14, surviving a second-half comeback from Miami.
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