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    Dish and Cable to get NFL Sunday Ticket???

    At least that's ESPN & Gregg Easterbrook's prediction:

    "Today the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on whether the DirecTV monopoly on Sunday Ticket is anti-consumer and constitutes restraint of trade. Finally, Congress has noticed this issue! TMQ's prediction: The NFL, which seriously does not want Congress rethinking the antitrust exemption granted to the league in 1961 over its television contracts, better move pronto to make Sunday Ticket available to all cable carriers. The 1961 agreement with Congress specifies that in exchange for an antitrust exemption, the NFL will make its broadcasts available to everyone. Instead, the Sunday Ticket broadcast operates under a monopoly structure. Congress is already in a foul mood about the NCAA's tax-exempt status for profitable D-I football. The new Congress will want to differentiate itself from the last by being pro-consumer. The NFL's television contracts are worth nearly $4 billion a year; the league would be foolish to run any risk with that sum. Roger Goodell, change your deal with DirecTV before Congress changes it for you."




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    I'm not a football nut but if Sunday Ticket moves to being available on cable and Dish, that will be the great equalizer.

    It would be interesting to see how much cable charges for it.

    I noticed on a Comcast ad for NBA League Pass they are charging 199.00 for it where Dish was charging 179 I believe.

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    http://www.tvpredictions.com/specter111406.htm




    Sen. Specter Rips NFL On TV
    The NFL Network and Sunday Ticket, which include high-def games, are criticized.
    By Phillip Swann

    Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2006) -- Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today criticized the National Football League for including regular season games on its NFL Network channel.

    For the first time this year, the NFL Network channel will broadcast eight regular season games, starting Thanksgiving night. The games will be broadcast in High-Definition TV.

    In a 90-minute hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Specter suggested that by giving its own network the exclusive right to the games, it may have violated antitrust laws.

    After deciding to air eight games on the NFL Network, cable operators say the channel has asked for more money to carry it. Time Warner has refused to carry the channel, noting higher programming fees.

    Specter, the committee's chairman, asked Time Warner COO Landel Hobbs if he believed the NFL had violated antitrust law. However, Hobbs said he thought the marketplace -- not the federal government -- should resolve the dispute.

    In a related issue, Specter also suggested that the NFL and DIRECTV should make the NFL Sunday Ticket available to other TV providers. After outbidding the cable industry, the satcaster has an exclusive with the league to broadcast the pay package. For an extra fee, the package includes several games each week in High-Definition TV

    Daniel Fawcett, DIRECTV's executive vice president, countered that the Sunday Ticket did not violate antitrust laws. He added that Congress has passed laws designed to help new TV providers compete with the cable industry.

    However, Time Warner's Hobbs said DIRECTV, which launched in 1994, should no longer be considered a new TV provider.

    Specter finished the hearing by suggesting the NFL should be willing to accept less money to ensure that more people can watch their games. However, he did not say he would introduce legislation to make that law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxsam View Post
    I'm not a football nut but if Sunday Ticket moves to being available on cable and Dish, that will be the great equalizer.

    It would be interesting to see how much cable charges for it.

    I noticed on a Comcast ad for NBA League Pass they are charging 199.00 for it where Dish was charging 179 I believe.
    $179 is the early price, it's going to jump to $199 any day now on E*.

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    Opening up Sunday Ticket to all providers would be a huge equalizer. It's no secret that DirecTV hangs its hat on that (exclusive) package. It would be interesting to see what each provider would charge for it if this happened. Unless a price floor was established by the NFL I could see some providers offering the package at a loss in order to gain subs.

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    Yawn, this stuff is funny. NFL Sunday Ticket was open for cable and Dish Network to bid on, they did not. So D* bids and wins the rights again. I don't see Spector in a huff over people being shafted from watching their sports team on Comcast Sports Net in his own home state. Guess those big donations from Mr Roberts gives him a fuzzy memory. So much for the retard helping his own constituents and closing terrestrial loopholes. No, going after a sports package is a bigger issue then the terrestrial loopholes cable uses to shaft Satellite operators and its subs.

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