Why DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Might Be Illegal Under Antitrust Law

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  1. Llama19

    Llama19 Registered User

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    To quote:

    "According to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday, the famed television package that millions of fans use to watch NFL games could be in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

    Antitrust law is designed to ensure that competing businesses—such as NFL franchises—actually compete, rather than conspire. This area of law also attempts to maximize “consumer welfare,” a term that refers to the benefits obtained by consumers when they’re able to acquire goods and services.

    The alleged antitrust problem with the Sunday Ticket—and, more broadly, with the NFL combining the broadcasting of games into bundled deals with NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN—is that it precludes individual NFL teams from competing with one another in the broadcasting of games to out-of-town markets. Fans can thus be deprived of the chance to watch out-of-market games on “free” TV channels, meaning their local NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates. Also, local affiliates and regional sports networks—as well as companies that pay for commercials to air on broadcasts—are denied the chance to bid for those games."

    Source: www.si.com/nfl/2019/08/14/nfl-sunday-ticket-directv-antitrust-violation-lawsuit
     
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    I believe the NHL has already faced a class action over Center Ice and settled. I think it was filed around the same time as this suit so likely by the same law firms involved
     
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    Is DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket illegal? It could be

    Could have some significant impact with reversal of dismissal and going forward with litigation.
     
  4. Llama19

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    Should be merged with this thread: Why DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Might Be Illegal Under Antitrust Law

    Thank you.
     
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    IU Hawks fan They call me IU

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    No way this suit gets anywhere, IMO.
     
  6. David Dennison

    David Dennison I'm a tariff, man.

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    32 billionaires and a telecom vs the little guy, I wonder who will win.
     
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    When DirecTV launched in 1994 they needed a hook and the NFL happily signed on.

    Before DirecTV sports bars were using C and K band satellite dishes to bring in out of town games but the NFL then demanded networks use fiber to transmit the backhaul and sports bars had no choice but to install the small dish.

    The NFL was bombarded by lawsuits from cable companies and in the end NFL Red Zone was offered.

    DirecTV plays hardball with commercial installations for Sunday Ticket while residential users can get it for next to nothing.
     
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