Chatting this afternoon with ESPN’s Sean McDonough during coverage of the Cincinnati/Georgetown basketball game, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue didn’t deny published reports that his league will place 8 prime-time games next season on the NFL Network.

“Uh, we’ll probably do that, yes. We seem to be moving in that direction and we’ll hopefully have an announcement real soon. (long pause). Of course, our biggest reliance will be on our traditional partners, including right here on ESPN with ‘Monday Night Football'”

Were the Tagster as quick on his feet as say, David Stern, he might’ve added “And we’re hopeful this development will prove to the millions of Americans who don’t watch VH-1, that Rich Eisen is still alive and well.”