Fox wanted the NFL to help their network because it believed that sports like professional football would be the most effective way for them to compete with the big three television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) as it was experiencing a ratings decline. On December 17, 1993, the NFL chose Fox's bid, forcing CBS to quit carrying American football until 1998. NFL on Fox made its first broadcast was on August 12, 1994.
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