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DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) and the NFL have been hit with a class-action suit, alleging that the bundling of games in the NFL Sunday Ticket package violates antitrust laws.

The suit, filed in a California federal court by Thomas Abrahamian, says Sunday Ticket subscribers shouldn't have to pay several hundred dollars for the pro football league's entire spectrum of out-of-market games just to follow one team or see an individual game.

"The league and DirecTV offer NFL Sunday Ticket only as all-or-nothing," the complaint alleges. "Purchasers of NFL Sunday Ticket must buy all out-of-market games for all teams even if they are only interested in watching the games of a particular team. Likewise, consumers must buy the complete season of games and may not purchase individual games."

http://www.fiercecable.com/story/directv-nfl-face-class-action-suit-over-sunday-ticket-bundling/2015-06-22?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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Makes no sense. Than every other sport faces the same thing ? I buy the MLB package just to watch the SF Giants while living in NY. It has to be the same concept right?

 

NHL just lost the same law suit, thats why this one was filed.

 

 

So how much would you pay to get all the Jets games?  I think $59.99 is fair, I would pay that.

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NHL just lost the same law suit, thats why this one was filed.

So how much would you pay to get all the Jets games? I think $59.99 is fair, I would pay that.

I would definitely pay that. However, when the Jets are not playing, watching NFL Redzone is an absolute must.

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NHL just lost the same law suit, thats why this one was filed.

 

 

So how much would you pay to get all the Jets games?  I think $59.99 is fair, I would pay that.

 

I pay for Sunday Ticket just for the Jet games. Not saying it's fair, but I do pay it. And since my local TV area broadcasts the Jet games when it does not conflict with the Pats, which is about half the games, I wind up paying full freight for half the Jet games.

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I pay for Sunday Ticket just for the Jet games. Not saying it's fair, but I do pay it. And since my local TV area broadcasts the Jet games when it does not conflict with the Pats, which is about half the games, I wind up paying full freight for half the Jet games.

 

True.   There are always a couple games that you don't have to pay for. 

 

For me, they play the Cowboys..  free.

 

They play a Sat game..  free

 

Any Monday night game..

 

So you are always paying full for really about 12 games, and the 1st week is always free as well.

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NHL just lost the same law suit, thats why this one was filed.

So how much would you pay to get all the Jets games? I think $59.99 is fair, I would pay that.

I'd pay that in a heartbeat. I think a hige portion of JN are displaced NYers in other markets, curious to see how others weigh in.

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Like I said earlier. I buy the baseball package to watch the SF Giants. I would 100 percent pay to watch every jets game. I get the jets every week in my area and still bought the NFL package for two years for fantasy purposes. I stopped because that's too much to pay when I get the jets anyway. NFL does a good job of putting the best games on prime time anyway.

But if I didn't get the jets in my area i would buy the package no question.

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Makes no sense. Than every other sport faces the same thing ? I buy the MLB package just to watch the SF Giants while living in NY. It has to be the same concept right?

 

Yes. The NBA and MLB saw this coming a long time ago, which is why they started offering single team subscriptions way back. The NBA has been doing it for close to 10 years now. There is recent precedent for this with the NHL lawsuit, which got settled. DTV and the NFL are going to lose this one. That case was a little different because it had more to do with blackouts, but given the examples set by the other leagues, this is happening.

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The NFL would increase revenues and viewers by the 10s of Millions of it 1) broke up the DirectTV monopoly and like MLB started there own streaming service in parallel with satellite service.

Then allow customers carte blanche to follow there teams for the full season. This alone would add an easy 5 million or more new subscribers. Even if you charged 100.00 bucks a season the NFL would make out like bandits.

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NHL just lost the same law suit, thats why this one was filed.

 

 

So how much would you pay to get all the Jets games?  I think $59.99 is fair, I would pay that.

I threaten Directv every year with canceling since the only real reason Iuse them s NF sunday ticket. They give me deals galore to keep me as a customer. Sometimes even a free year but I still dn't like the fact other TV outlets can't have the option as well creating some competition and lowering the price ..way to may companies get away with this sh*t.

 

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The NFL would increase revenues and viewers by the 10s of Millions of it 1) broke up the DirectTV monopoly and like MLB started there own streaming service in parallel with satellite service.

Then allow customers carte blanche to follow there teams for the full season. This alone would add an easy 5 million or more new subscribers. Even if you charged 100.00 bucks a season the NFL would make out like bandits.

If they broke from directv they'd make less money. More people would subscribe, sure, but DirectV is paying them a premium because of all the money it brings in keeping subscribers. They'd lose that premium.

I live in NJ. I can watch every game yet I still get Sunday Ticket. Watching all games on my phone and watching whatever game I want is great. A little negotiating every year and the price is usually 150-180. Can't complain

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The NFL would increase revenues and viewers by the 10s of Millions of it 1) broke up the DirectTV monopoly and like MLB started there own streaming service in parallel with satellite service.

Then allow customers carte blanche to follow there teams for the full season. This alone would add an easy 5 million or more new subscribers. Even if you charged 100.00 bucks a season the NFL would make out like bandits.

 

It would be way more over 5, and there is no chance they're charging less than the NBA. DirectTV paid the NFL $12 billion last year to extend their deal for 8 years. It's hard to imagine streaming subscriptions generating more than $1.5 billion per year. If they charge $200 a year they would be gambling on the hope that over 7.5 million people live out of their markets and are willing to shell out that type of money. What kind of lunatic would turn down $1.5 billion in cash for that risk?

 

Remember that with the single team subscriptions, there is only one market because games will always be on locally; so it's only fans who don't live in their area. Transplants.

 

The bad news is that AT&T bought DirectTV last year. So the only thing that would have opened things up for the way that MLB and the NBA do things is DirectTV going under. And AT&T is a bottomless pile of money, so that's not happening. What's even sadder is that the owners are mostly old goons and their franchises are licenses to print money, and Goodell is a moron when it comes to this stuff, so there's nobody with any foresight as to where this is leading. It's a bad combo of everything because the league is so ******* lucrative right now and because of age and stupidity, they have nobody flashing the warning signals.

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True.   There are always a couple games that you don't have to pay for. 

 

For me, they play the Cowboys..  free.

 

They play a Sat game..  free

 

Any Monday night game..

 

So you are always paying full for really about 12 games, and the 1st week is always free as well.

 

In my case it is a lot fewer games. Here, the Jet games are pretty much always broadcast free unless they conflict with the Pat broadcast. Most seasons that boils down to 8 Jet games or so that are broadcast for free. So I wind up paying the full freight of the Sunday Ticket cost just to pick up the other 8 Jet games.  

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I'd pay that in a heartbeat. I think a hige portion of JN are displaced NYers in other markets, curious to see how others weigh in.

I agree....I live in MA and would pay $60 no problem for the Jets games.

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Not only would I jump at the chance to buy Jets games only, I would love for this purchase to be made directly from the NFL or one of its affiliates.  I am held hostage by DirecTV just because of Sunday Ticket.  The only alternative is to have a credit card with a foreign billing address and a VPN (showing your location as that country) for purchase directly from the NFL.  I buy the MLB package directly from MLB at a lower price than DirecTV and just cast/sling it to a big screen in HD.  It works perfectly.

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I'm a yearly subscriber for GamePass and alway choose the "All inclusive" type of package for about 260€, because the "Follow your team" package costs  a laughable 50€ less. And since I'm watching about 100 games per season I would pay for the bigger package anyways. In case of a lost lawsuit maybe they'll just offer a cheaper follow your team type of option which will make the people still buy the more expensive one, because the little money you save is just not worth it.

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