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Could The Only Competent NFL Show On ESPN Be No More?

This cannot stand, man. Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk is reporting (via a Peter King story) that the NFL is not seeking out new sponsors for the long-running ESPN series NFL Matchup. The informative and intelligent show, with Sal Paolantonio as host and Ron Jaworski and Merrill Hoge as analysts, consistently provided thorough, well reasoned coverage of NFL action, instead of some loudmouth ex-player babbling incessantly about who knows what, which seems to comprise the bulk of the mindless drivel ESPN trots out for its NFL coverage.

ESPN could decide to produce and fund the show itself, and a subsequent post by Rosenthal indicates that all might not be lost. According to an NFL Films spokesperson, negotiations are ongoing between them and ESPN.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Although the show aired at odd times (3:00 a.m. Eastern and then re-run at 6:30 a.m.), it was always insightful and entertaining, unlike ESPN’s flagship Sunday morning pregame program, Sunday NFL Countdown , while occasionally watchable, does not hold a candle to quality programming typically seen on NFL Matchup.

NFL Matchup show may be no more [Pro Football Talk]
NFL Films “optimistic” NFL Matchup show will continue [Pro Football Talk]