NFL aligns all TV contracts to expire after '13
CBS Sports president Sean McManus declined Tuesday to discuss whether his and other networks' recently extended contracts with the NFL include provisions for the league to be paid in 2011 even if there is a work stoppage.
McManus did acknowledge CBS' extension addresses the "Red Zone Channel," which previously was a DirecTV exclusive but now is being marketed to other providers. So far Comcast and Dish Network have signed up.
McManus said as long as the distribution remains relatively small and comes at a premium price, CBS does not believe it will have a significant effect on its viewership.
The NFL now has all of its TV contracts set to expire after the '13 season.
McManus on CBS agreeing to a two-year extension:
"The NFL, especially in a down economy, just like CBS, is looking for security. If they had come to us and said, 'We want to do a 10-year extension,' as long as it made sense for us financially we would have done a 10-year extension."