The publicity and public interest surrounding the Pats' pursuit of a perfect season may force the cable companies to arbitration with the NFL regarding accessibility of the NFL Network. Arbitration is something the cable companies have outright rejected to this point. But congressional pressure and public outcry may force a compromise. If that arbitration comes to pass, the end result will likely give the NFL Network broad access across the country. Such a compromise would be the first step in the NFL Network forcing its way into the mainstream, allowing it to double dip via cable rates fees + advertising, opening up a cash cow which would provide a new source of income in the realm of hundreds of millions of dollars to the NFL and all its franchises. It would also be a major step toward establishing a sports network that could rival ESPN, carrying the legitimacy of the NFL brandname. IOW, the Pats pursuit of a perfect season is not only the ratings cash cow that has been reported and discussed in other threads, but may become the prime mover in the birth of a new sports network, one that changes sports television and makes our NFL competitors millions. I find it ironic that the teams and people in the NFL who have so vilified our team and franchise in the end will owe so much to the labor and efforts of the man they tried to ruin. If public interest in the Patriots' quest forces an end to this stalemate and brings the NFL Network to the masses, it will be one of the most significant moments in the history of the league.