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So I missed Favrelous play last night, which is probably just as well since I wanted Green Bay to beat Dallas. Thanks to the on-going spat between the NFL and certain cable companies over access to the NFL Network, millions of people around the country probably missed this game, too.

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If you're not sure what spat I'm talking about, read my good colleague Ray Frager's story, or this great MarketWatch story to understand why consumers lose in this battle about money between two already-very-wealthy businesses.

Here's the problem in one sad little paragraph from MarketWatch's story:

The NFL wants the network on the cable companies' basic package and plans to charge cable companies 70 cents per household. The cable firms have balked at that, saying now is not the time to pass on subscriber fees to all its customers for the sake of a channel with content of marginal interest.

The end result is that millions of households that have basic cable can't watch certain football games broadcast on NFL Network unless you pay more for the luxury. This will happen again when the thus-far-undefeated Patriots play the Giants in their last regular season game on Dec. 29. Thanks NFL and cable companies for mucking it up for football fans!

By the way, this probably doesn't affect you if you're a satellite subscriber, since most packages include the NFL Network.

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