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  1. TheGodInAGreyHoodie

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    WASHINGTON -- Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the NFL on Wednesday threatening to reconsider the league's antitrust exemption if it doesn't make games on the NFL Network available to more viewers.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., expressed concern that many fans in their home states will not be able to see games on the channel involving the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Leahy is the committee's chairman, and Specter is its ranking member.

    "Now that the NFL is adopting strategies to limit distribution of game programming to their own networks," they wrote, "Congress may need to reexamine the need and desirability of their continued exemption from the Nation's antitrust laws."

    Eight games air this season on the NFL Network, which is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes with televisions. The league has been feuding with several major cable companies over whether they should carry the channel as part of a basic package.

    Games are simulcast on free TV locally for each team, but that doesn't include regional markets such as Vermont for the Patriots or parts of Pennsylvania for the Steelers. NFL officials have repeatedly said they will not agree to any distribution arrangement that only involves games and not year-round broadcast of the channel.
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    The scariest words in the english language "We're from the Government and we're here to help" :eek:
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    Trust me that is the last you will ever hear
    of the US Govt. threaten to take away
    the NFL's antitrust exemption..

    Don't get your hopes up!!


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    Great idea, Senators! Let's circumvent the process of free market economics and ruin the league by taking away it's antitrust exemption!
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    socialism at its worst
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    Political posturing at its worst
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    Let the market take its course. The government shouldn't be telling billion dollar companies which one should make more profit between the two...
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    Remind me again why the government has a right to tell the NFL how to run its business?

    Oh yeah, that's right...they don't.
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    That's just great... I was hoping the government would stick their nose in the NFL's business, it's not like they have anything better to do with their time.:confused:
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    I live in Vermont. If I don't get my Pats games, I will get really pissed. On NHLN or not. The local people should still beable to see the Pats. NFLN should have to share the rights with the local stations, so the home fans at least get to see their team.
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    Get DirecTV or go to a sports bar. Problem solved, and without the help of a senator.
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    If we want to be a free market then ABSOLUTELY TAKE AWAY their anti-trust exemption. WHY SHOULD they have one.

    Compete without it.
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    Because they've given them antitrust exemption that they don't have to provide?
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    You don't have a God given right to watch the Pats!! Get of the wallet and bye a dish! Everything the Gov touches gets effed up.
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    Remind me again why the government feels the need to insert itself into the private sector in the first place?
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    Sure glad they don't have more pressing issues.
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    The're buying votes from their constituents who think they deserve to see NFL games.
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    They do it's broadcast through out the Boston area, you happen to live far outside that area which is not the nfl's fault. Really only people who have a right to ***** are ones that have small cable companies that will not offer it. No one has any right to complain about having to spend a whole 4.99 a month to get the channel, we have had to pay for nesn for many years with no *****ing so i really don't see what is so wrong with what the nfl is doing, it is their product not ours and they have every right to broadcast it on their own channel.
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    I shouldn't have to leave my house to watch my home team, where I been watching them for over 30 years. Either way NFLN sucks. That channel is horrible. I feel so much better since discontinuing service. How much I hated the NFLN I would still watch it, and listen to those major morons on there. Disconnecting solved my problem. I'd rather miss the few games a year on there, and not have to listen to those morons Eisen and Faulk. By the way the play by play announcer for the NFLN games is by far the worst play by play announcer in the history of the game. The games are barely watchable. He is a total lame ass with no emotion or football smarts. A total dud.
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    You really want 86 NFL teams just because someones got enough money to afford a team?
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    I don't get every Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins games without buying a package through DTV. Are they going to take away their anti-trust exemptions?
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    You're right that the NFL's current anti-trust exemption is not "free market".

    However, this is a good article on the possible ramifications of doing away w/ the NFL's exemption

    http://www.nysun.com/article/45101?page_no=1

    "Specter may be unafraid of taking on the NFL and its highly politically connected owners, but he is absolutely wrong when he contends that football fans of America are being "gouged." The real gouging would come after the antitrust exemption is lifted.

    Pennsylvania's senior senator apparently does not know how sports owners operate today — as opposed to 1960 — where television is concerned. Most of the NFL's regular season — and all of its playoff games — are on over-the-air TV. That's an anomaly in sports. Take a look at New York's professional teams: the Knicks, Rangers, Nets, Devils, and Islanders are not on "free" television. Save for a few network TV games, the teams work strictly with cable programming. The Yankees and Mets have a handful of games on over-the-air television (the Boston Red Sox will not be on over-the-air television in 2007)

    Specter needs to understand that sports owners have taken their properties from terrestrial TV to cable because that's where the money is. The Giants, Jets, Chicago, Philadelphia, New England (Boston), or Dallas would likely have no problem putting together a lucrative TV network because of their big city locations. Green Bay, Buffalo, New Orleans, Tennessee (Nashville), Jacksonville, Kansas City, or Cincinnati, on the other hand, would have major difficulties getting big money agreements.

    Specter should realize that football also will migrate to cable television, where regional sports cable networks — who collect revenue from both subscribers and advertisers — have deeper pockets and so, more money to offer than local TV stations. This is not good news for cable TV subscribers since NFL programming is very expensive; it almost certainly means cable rates will go up for everyone, not just football fans.

    NFL owners already are locked in a battle over shared revenue, with New York Senator Schumer looking over their shoulders to ensure the Buffalo Bills and other small market teams can line up with big market players like New York and Chicago. Can you imagine what would happen within the league if Specter's bill becomes law?

    The bill would end not only the NFL's view of football economic socialism — which basically allows Green Bay to compete on a nearly even financial footing with New York in signing free agent players and offering bonuses to draft picks — but more important, would be costly for cable TV consumers. Which is why Specter's proposed legislation is pure folly and will more than likely never come out of committee."
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    Only if they are undefeated going into the last game:D
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    I had a dish and watched 5 channels on it so I didn't need it. By the way are you one of the new bandwagon Pats fans that just decided to come here and become a fan because your sorry ass Panthers are the worst team in the NFL. You have no right to even be on this board or even talk about the Pats living in Charlotte. You sorry ass. Bandwagon lost soul.
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    Whoops I fogot to add the Pats to that. I have to buy Sunday ticket to guarantee that I can watch the Pats each week.

    I don't have to worry about week 16 because DTV has it as part of its base package.

    People whine and take to much for granted these days. :bricks:

    Whaaa I Can't watch a single football game (based on my own choices) Mr Senator please get involved. :rolleyes:
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    Yeah, I guess living in Central Mass from 1958-1991 makes me a bandwagoner. Your a fool.
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    Well that's your choice. I would like to go to cable in many (or several, anyway) ways but I stick with DirecTV for the Sunday Ticket. My choice. Your choice.
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    Since I already have NFLN, I personally don't care one way or the other. But anytime our politicians are distracted and concentrating on relatively trivial matters it pleases me. It keeps them from screwing up meaningful legislation.

    Gridlock and attention to trivial matters by the House and Senate makes me happy.
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    Awesome. So these Senators want to force the NFL to offer its NFL Network games on Comcast; the great medium where I have to pay atleast $70/month (excluding deals) for HDTV
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    Perhaps every household should be taxed $10 a month and everyone should be forced to ahve cable that will be required to show all NFL games without additional charge. No that isn't fair. The states should be forced to run a cable company to provide everyone with all the games at no charge. This Vermont speaking folks. As I said before, socialism is its favortie system.

    The anti-trust exemption does do a lot of good. That si a different subject. I suppose many would like to see four or five competing leagues, and no draft or cap.
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