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Judy Battista Leaves NY Times for NFL Network

Judy Battista is leaving the New York Times for the NFL Network and NFL.com. Battista covers the league for the paper, and has been with the Times since 1998. Prior to her time at the Times, she was a local news reporter with Newsday for two years.

Battista will write columns for NFL.com and contribute on-air analysis for NFL Network.

Jason McIntyre of Big Lead first reported that Battista was leaving, and that was followed up by the Times’ Brian Stelter confirming as much.

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NFL Network Finally on Time Warner Cable

It only took nine years but Time Warner Cable customers (which is a majority of Southern California) can finally watch Thursday Night Football and the RedZone with the addition of the NFL Network.

“We’re delighted to have reached an agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone that provides a good value to our customers,” said Melinda Witmer, executive vice president and chief video and content officer for Time Warner Cable. “The additional games this year and the proven appeal of NFL RedZone will certainly prove to be a draw for our customers. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the NFL.”

It’s remarkable that it took this long for the two sides to reach an agreement when you consider the popularity of the NFL. (Let’s just hope it doesn’t take nine years for DirecTV to get the Pac-12 Network)

According to LA Observed, you can find the NFL Network on channel 355 if you have the variety or premium Sports Pass tier and channel 356 for the RedZone channel.  Both networks will debut on Sunday.

Enjoy, football fans.

WPIX Inks Deal to Air Giants Thursday Night Football in September

Don’t look now, but the NFL season is just around the corner. Today, the league announced a deal for WPIX/Channel 11 to simulcast the NFL Network’s coverage of the New York Giants game with the Carolina Panthers September 20th in Charlotte.

Channel 11 will air the 8 p.m. game exclusively in New York over-the-air. The action will be called by the NFL Network team of play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler, game analyst Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan providing reports from the sidelines. Prior to the Week 3 matchup, WPIX will air its own pre-game show starting at 7 p.m.

“In keeping with our commitment to offer the best local programming, PIX11 is extremely happy to be partnering again with NFL Network to provide New York football over-the-air to fans,” said Eric Meyrowitz, vice president/general manager.

NFL Network Analyst Files for Bankruptcy

NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in Florida as the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders star owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony.

According to the March 30 filing, Sapp’s average monthly income is $115,881 and also showed that his contract with the NFL Network is up in August. He’s worked at the Los Angeles-based network since 2008 and is also a regular on Showtime’s Inside the NFL.

Two other nuggets were discovered in the bankruptcy filing: Sapp owns more than 200 pairs of Jordan sneakers and he lost his 2002 Buccaneers Super Bowl ring and his national championship ring from the University of Miami. 

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