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hermhater
02-07-2008, 08:33 PM
The long run is over for ‘Inside the NFL’

By JEFFREY FLANAGAN

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Dawson on the HBO set




T he incredible run is over. After 31 years on HBO, “Inside the NFL” wrapped up its final weekly show on the cable channel on Wednesday night.

Len Dawson, who was there at the start in 1978 and remained on “Inside the NFL” for more than two decades, also was flown in by HBO to tape a segment for the final show.


“It’s surprising in a way that it’s the last show on HBO because I thought it was very popular,” Dawson said by phone earlier Wednesday. “They let me know last weekend and asked me to keep the whole thing quiet because not many people knew it was coming to an end. I was shocked at first.


“But then when you think about it, I’m sure it’s just the right business decision (for HBO). When we started, this was really the first weekly show where you could see highlights of the games. But now, by the time the show comes out Wednesday, people have seen all the highlights on NFL Network or ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPN12 or whatever.”


HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said of the show, “It has been a terrific franchise. But the television landscape has changed quite a bit over the last 30 years, and we have to recognize the realities of the business. I’m not sure we had one competitor when the show launched in 1978.”


Now, however, competitors abound, starting with the NFL Network, which is all football, seven days a week.


“The weekly highlights of games, the staple of ‘Inside the NFL,’ will continue through NFL Films,” said Dan Masonson, NFL manager of corporate communications. “And we look forward to finding a new partner, a new outlet this fall.”


Don’t be surprised if that outlet is the NFL Network.
As for Dawson, he has been left to reminisce this week.


“I haven’t been with the show for a while,” he said, “but it’s still a little like when your career comes to an end. You just look back and try to hang on to the memories. It was a big part of my life.”


Pro football tops

A Harris Interactive survey revealed recently what we already know: Pro football rules in this country.
Pro football was the favorite among 30 percent of those sports fans surveyed. Baseball was second at 15 percent, and college football was third at 12 percent.
In the last 23 years, however, baseball’s popularity in this annual survey has dropped 8 percent. Tennis dropped, too, in the last 23 years, from 5 percent to 1 percent.



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AkChief49
02-07-2008, 09:41 PM
Did Lenny ever not take the Chiefs during the picks on that show?

Chiefster
02-08-2008, 09:00 AM
The end of an era.

IlovetheChiefs
02-08-2008, 05:11 PM
I enjoyed this show when Lenny and Nick Buoniconti hosted. I can't remember if he ever picked agaisnt the Chiefs but I bet Nick didn't go against Miami either.

Guru
02-08-2008, 07:19 PM
When Costas took over and turned the damn thing into nothing but "human interest" fluff it was ruined. Heck, it was ruined when they dropped Lenny.

It will be on NFL Network next year anyway.

hermhater
02-08-2008, 09:36 PM
When Costas took over and turned the damn thing into nothing but "human interest" fluff it was ruined. Heck, it was ruined when they dropped Lenny.

It will be on NFL Network next year anyway.



So the show isn't over, just not on HBO anymore?

chief31
02-09-2008, 09:55 AM
When Costas took over and turned the damn thing into nothing but "human interest" fluff it was ruined. Heck, it was ruined when they dropped Lenny.

It will be on NFL Network next year anyway.


I like Costas, but guru is absolutely right. When they made the show less about actual football, and more about off-the-field issues, it became a different show. Rep.

hermhater
02-09-2008, 02:31 PM
I like Costas, but guru is absolutely right. When they made the show less about actual football, and more about off-the-field issues, it became a different show. Rep.


Gotta admit, I never had HBO until about 5 years ago, so I don't really know what Inside The NFL was like before that.

IlovetheChiefs
02-09-2008, 02:52 PM
Gotta admit, I never had HBO until about 5 years ago, so I don't really know what Inside The NFL was like before that.

I really enjoyed the program throughout the 80's with Lenny and Nick. It had a cool opening theme and music. Then they showed clips of the games (like ESPN and Chris Berman would later do) of the previous Sunday.
Then I think a special close up in depth of one of the games. Then usually a feature on a player past or present. And sometimes an interview in the studio with a player, coach, or owner. Then finish with Len and Nick making their predictions for the next Sunday's games. A good hour of tv each week!

hermhater
02-09-2008, 02:56 PM
I'll bet it was a lot better when Lenny was on there!

IlovetheChiefs
02-09-2008, 02:59 PM
I'll bet it was a lot better when Lenny was on there!

Yeah he's such a great analyst in addition to a great QB in his day! I loved hearing him on Chiefs radio this past season.

hermhater
02-09-2008, 03:01 PM
Yeah he's such a great analyst in addition to a great QB in his day! I loved hearing him on Chiefs radio this past season.

I haven't watched local news much lately, but it's nice to get to see do sports!

:yahoo:

Guru
02-09-2008, 03:04 PM
I like Costas, but guru is absolutely right. When they made the show less about actual football, and more about off-the-field issues, it became a different show. Rep.
I used to really like Costas but he has gotten extremely full of himself over the last 5 years and now just annoys me.

IlovetheChiefs
02-09-2008, 03:04 PM
I haven't watched local news much lately, but it's nice to get to see do sports!

:yahoo:

And also pretty cool that the classic Frank White is signed on to do some Royals games this year.

(The Royals may be back this year folks! It just may finally be vintage Royals baseball once again!)

chief31
02-09-2008, 03:08 PM
I used to really like Costas but he has gotten extremely full of himself over the last 5 years and now just annoys me.


I have to admit that I don't see him around much anymore, so I wouldn't know that about him. But that does happen to most folks when they "become somebody".

hermhater
02-09-2008, 03:08 PM
And also pretty cool that the classic Frank White is signed on to do some Royals games this year.

(The Royals may be back this year folks! It just may finally be vintage Royals baseball once again!)


I always give the Royals about 30-40 games before I quit watching them. Not a huge baseball fan, and it hurts to much to watch us lose what feels like 50 straight!

Go Chiefs!

hermhater
02-09-2008, 03:11 PM
I have to admit that I don't see him around much anymore, so I wouldn't know that about him. But that does happen to most folks when they "become somebody".


Being a reporter that has access to so many HUGE sports personalities I think he has kept his demeanor rather on the light side.