We Need a Patriots TV Network

Why is finding the television broadcast of Patriots preseason games so difficult? If you live in the Bangor area, it might be on your Fox affiliate or perhaps it is on ABC. I had a call from a friend Friday night from southern Maine asking me what channel the game was on and I really couldn’t tell them. I told him to check his Fox channel, if it wasn’t there, there ABC and if it wasn’t there then he better move.

Much like Frank Costanza conceiving of Festivus, I realized there has to be a better way. There is, the Patriots Channel.

Here are three reasons why we need an all-Patriots network.

The preseason problem.

Already outlined above, I won’t belabor the point any further but having one stop for preseason games and pre and post-game coverage would make things much easier. Speaking of post-game…..

Radio post game simulcast.

One of my favorite parts of going to games in Foxboro is listening to the Patriots post game show while I sit in traffic on route one. (It didn’t start out that way, I still don’t enjoy sitting in traffic but Foxboro is the happiest place on earth and even traffic has become a tradition. It’s like riding the Matterhorn at Disney World.) I know I could listen just the same after watching the game at home on tv, but a television simulcast or original studio show featuring the likes of Scott Zolak, Bob Socci and Mike Reiss would be appointment viewing after each game.

NFL Films.

I love NFL Films, they’re the greatest. NFL Films is what you did in the front yard as a kid when you’d fling passes to yourself and catch it, all the while doing your own overly dramatic play by play. The production quality of the Sabol family’s brain child is unrivaled to this day. There is something about the dramatic music and the voice of John Facenda that make these videos classic.

Not only would the Patriots Channel show classic Patriots themed NFL Films, because let’s face it, there wouldn’t be that many from before the Millenium, but the Patriots Channel would also air old Pats games. I’d check in several times a day to see what old games the PC was showing.

NFL Network shows some, like Manning-Brady games and Patriots Super Bowls, but how much fun would it be to see original broadcasts of the Bledsoe-Marino duel from the Orange Bowl in 1994 or the 1985 AFC Championship game?

The Patriots Channel would never be a part of any cable package, but I could see this working as a subscription-app based platform. I would pay $10 a month for the Patriots Channel, would you?

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About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is currently the co-host of the Drive airing from 4-6pm on 92.9FM, The Ticket in Bangor. He is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, he has been a contributor and fill-in host on the Downtown show and for the past two years has been the 5 p.m. host of The DRIVE on 92.9FM in Bangor.