Big changes are coming to NFL Network for the 2019 season.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that NFL Network has slashed $20M from its budget, resulting in the cancellation of five shows including Mic’d Up.
According to Marchand, the network is eliminating the following programs. Deion Sanders’ “21 & Prime,” “Power Rankings,” “Pick ‘em,” “Playbook” and “Mic’d Up.” The weekend edition of “Good Morning Football” is up in the air.
The sudden changes are part of an effort to focus more heavily on the league’s 100th season. The network says the budget has increased, but will be spent in different ways.
“As part of an increased investment in programming and content for 2019, NFL Network will unveil several shows geared towards a celebration of the NFL’s 100th season,” NFL Network spokesman Alex Riethmiller said (via Marchand). “These shows will replace a handful of existing shows from our 2018 schedule.”
Getting rid of Mic’d Up is not going well with fans on social media. The show gave fans a connection to the players and all the on-field action. We got to see the celebrations, conversations and trash talking that players and coaches have over the course of a game. It will be missed.