Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 11/6/13
Ten years ago this week, NFL Network came into existence. Even with an initial $100 million investment from the league's 32 owners, the 24-hour NFL cable channel didn't change the pro football media landscape overnight. However, its impact has become pronounced and significant as the last decade has worn on. Here's a look back at some of the key developments. Nov. 4, 2003: The Launch, NFL Films and Total Access Initially, NFL Network was valued most for its ability to air a whole new lot of NFL Films content. Ed and Steve Sabol had created such a remarkable operation, and this gave them a chance to expand the content they created as well as the viewer base for that content. Programs like Sound FX, NFL Films Presents and NFL's Greatest Games dominated the schedule in the early years. A niche audience of football lovers (it was initially available to only 11.5 million viewers) quickly realized that NFL Total Access, which was and still is the network's "show of record," was a must-watch.

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