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It's 'The Longest Damn Pregame Show'

As NFL pregame shows get longer and less about football, Page 2's Jim Caple ponders where TV might be headed.

Updated: September 18, 2002, 8:32 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

Once upon a time, the only thing fans looked for in an NFL pregame show was a 30-minute rundown on the league and a few highlights from the past week. No longer. With each passing year, these shows become less a football preview and more an entertainment extravaganza, featuring comedians, weathergirls and "very special guest stars."

And we haven't seen anything yet. By the time the next TV contract rolls around, we no doubt will be seeing something like this ...

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