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Old 11-16-2006, 01:28 AM   #1
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Congress held hearings yesterday about DirectTV monopoly

Man, this would be the greatest! I got this from following a link from gribblenation (they give the map showing what local TV stations show what games [drats! SoCal getting the Oakland/KC game!! ], and it led to this little nugget from ESPN's Tuesday Morning Quarterback, page 2

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...erbrook/061114

"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."

Maybe we, the cable ready, money holdin', willing to pay a premium to watch Saints for a season, constituents, won't have to wait 'till 2010 for us to be rid of this whole DirectTV mess!

Thanks Senate Judiciary Committee!
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:32 AM   #2
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i would totally dig this, i've seen the saints for the last 5 years or so on directv nfl ticket but when I moved to ME, i couldn't get it cause the neighbors house blocks my signal, and they aren't allowed to put the stupid dish on tin roofs anymore. so that leaves me ticket-less. i seriously hope they act on this...
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:05 PM   #3
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look the NFL knew this day was coming. Why do you think they have geared up NFL Network over the past years and are now starting to broadcast there own games.
Look for the NFL to take over all broadcasting on pay perview bases like the NBA and Hockey do now. I think they will go one step futher and actual control the big games with their own people. the next few years should be interesting. how far will they push it is the real question.

Hey maximkat we should get together for a game some time
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:08 PM   #4
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What "monopoly" are you guys talking about?
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:23 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Tobias-Reiper
What "monopoly" are you guys talking about?
just quoting from the "article",

"Sunday Ticket broadcast operates under a monopoly structure."

Sorry.

Do you have DirectTV, Tobias?
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:55 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by kuke
Originally Posted by Tobias-Reiper
What "monopoly" are you guys talking about?
just quoting from the "article",

"Sunday Ticket broadcast operates under a monopoly structure."

Sorry.

Do you have DirectTV, Tobias?
Oh, no need to be sorry... maybe if I had noticed the link you posted
Yes, I do have DirecTV
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:59 AM   #7
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It'd be nice if this shakes out so I can get Saints games thru cable at a decent price. If not, oh well, there's always the sports bar.

Maybe while they're at it, Congress should also look into the NFL-EA exclusive license.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:55 PM   #8
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That would mean you would have to ban the monopoly on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:48 PM   #9
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actually it wouldn't work like that euph, espn is broadcast across many different cable/satelite companies whereas directv has the exclusive rights to all the games not broadcast nationally that weekend. not only would i be happy if it was broadcast on more than just directv, but chances are with competing companies the prices may drop (hopefully). agreed hagan, we aren't too far away from each other.
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:01 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by maximkat
actually it wouldn't work like that euph, espn is broadcast across many different cable/satelite companies whereas directv has the exclusive rights to all the games not broadcast nationally that weekend. not only would i be happy if it was broadcast on more than just directv, but chances are with competing companies the prices may drop (hopefully). agreed hagan, we aren't too far away from each other.
You got that wrong.
DirecTV has no exclusive rights to any game. All games are broadcast on-the-air.
What DirecTV sells, is basically a remote link to a game not televised in YOUR geographical area, but that game IS televised somewhere else.
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