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    to request that all investigations into the videogate case regarding the Patriots GO THROUGH him in Pennsylvania? What IS HIS AUTHORITY IN THIS CASE? And.....why does Roger Goodell jump like a chimpanzee when Sphincter comes calling? I find it very hard to understand how this despicable jackbag can take time away from attending to the issues and concerns of his constituents in Pennsylvania, (a job that the TAXPAYERS are PAYING HIM TO DO), so that he can lead a one man witch hunt against the Patriots. What is his MOTIVE here? IS it the interest of Comcast that he has fueling him? IF that is determined to be true......He should be forced to resign, and the Pats should file suit against him. Every talking stiff keeps saying "Well it isn't over until Arlene Sphincter says it is.....and he will want to talk to Goodell" What gives Sphincter the right to meddle in the issues of the National Football league and IMPOSE HIS WILL? WHO THE FU(K IS ARLENE SPHINCTER? He is simply a Senator from Penn.....I do not get how he can make everyone jump through hoops like this. If I were Goodell I would tell him that "I WAS HANDLING THE SITUATION.....and to go F' off"

    And.....like someone on here said "If he is so concerned about what is going on in the world of sports, WHERE WAS HE DURING THE STEROID SCANDAL IN BASEBALL? Yes indeed.....where was his outcry then?

    This guy is a pathetic, self serving jacka$$ that is simply trying to make some money off of parlaying the interests of Comcast.......while NEGLECTING HIS DUTIES AS A US SENATOR watching over the interests of his constituents in PA, and the interests of citizens of the US........can anyone tell me why this guy holds such power over Goodell.......?
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    He's been authorized by Comcast.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    Hopefully his next opponent uses this against him. Wasting government dollars because he is a sore loser.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    Spector has ZERO authority! It beats me why Walsh and Goddell are agreeing to speak to him. The way the media is playing this out, it seems as though the Patriots committed a crime. The next thing you know, Eric Mangini is testifiying against the Patriots in a courtroom. But seriously, if I were Goddell, I would tell Spector to worry about more important issues in Pennyslvania and politely tell him to **** OFF!
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    He is a Eagle fan and football fan, that does not give him any right what so ever to do or did what he has done.. Its time to move on and out on crapgate..
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    specter will have the authority if the republicans win the senate in 10' but hopefully he'll lose his seat. Right now, Pat Leahy is in charge of the senate judiciary committee. he's another useless senator but he's from new england so maybe we have a leg up.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    He's not running again.

    There was a good guy...well, never mind. If anyone wants to talk more, the political forum is at the bottom of the main menu.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    not anymore he doesnt...

    the NFL has made thigns public, they have sued in a court of law, Roger has no need to play nice with Arlen any longer...and i doubt he will continue the game


    the NFL wont be paying any heed to Arlen from this point forward...bank on it
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    Are you being sarcastic? Unless your committing a crime, no senator (democrat or Republican) has the authority to take control over "spygate". End of story. If that were the case, then our government would already take control over gas prices and we would all be happy.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    The only authority that Spector has is the ability to call for a hearing for reconsideration of the NFL's limited anti trust exemption for the purpose of negotiating broadcast contracts. This is what has the Commissioner's Office jerking around like a puppy on a leash. My personal feelings are that Spector is over-stepping and misusing his authority by trying to be a bully. Just my 2 cents.
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    The only authority Specter has is the ability to get his mug on the front-page because of who he is. Matt Walsh is only speaking to him because he wants to extend his "15 minutes". Hopefully, the meeting will go by, the press conference will happen, and Goodell will grow a sack and finally put this whole thing to bed and we can all anticipate the upcoming season.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    I tend to agree with you. Let's hope Roger Dodger comes out and shuts the door on this for good.
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    Spector is posturing, his largest campaign contributor is a law firm that works for Comcast and the second is Comcast themselves if memory serves me correctly. He has to do everything he can to make it hard for the NFL, isn't this the 3rd or 4th time he's gone after the NFL because of the antitrust exemption ? Which is in place to allow the NFL to bargain the TV rights for all teams, so teams with weak viewership can still make some decent money. So in essence, it's too protect teams that wouldn't attract a large viewership from having serious money problems.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I think it's ok for the NFL to be allowed to do that, it's better for the league and protects the teams with the weaker incomes.

    Spector is a fool if he thinks nobody realizes what he's up too, he's just playing to the crowd and Comcast and it's an abuse of his position. Trust me PA needs him to focus on getting Fed money and programs for the state, it's in a downward spiral and the local politicians have no clue what their doing.
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    Personally, he has no authority. But as the ranking Republican on a powerful Senate subcomittee (Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights), he has the potential to do some damage and for that reason the NFL can't tell him to f--- off.

    The hammer, of course, would be to repeal the NFL's anti-trust exemption, but that would take the vote of both houses of Congress & a presidential signature (or congressional veto override ). There's too many football fans in America and too many legislators that pretend to be football fans for that to go down. But, with the consent of just the comittee, he could hold hearings and issue subpoenas, making the NFL brass sweat a bit. Mostly, though, I think the NFL knows that he won't do much and the path of least resistance is to appease him where they can. They all know how to play the game.
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    Sorry to disagree with you, but the way the senate and its committees work, the ranking minority member can't do diddly squat without the consent of the chairman Leahy from Vermont and ranking democrat Kennedy. Neither of whom are going to sign on to Spector's witchhunt or are in the pocket of Comcast. Spector is all talk and no power.
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    All you need to know about Arlen Specter and these schenanigans...Super Bowl morning, he was on ESPN Radio and said that stealing signals was sports' equivilent to stealing automobiles.

    Think about that.
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    All that seperates a minority leader from a majority leader is one election. I'm sure the NFL doesn't want to piss him off and then have him come into power.
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    The political reality is that the Democratic majority will be even larger next time and Spector will be long gone by the next time there is a Republican majority. I would say the person you don't want to upset is Leahy.
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    thats really stupid.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    specter will be the chairman of the senate judiciary committee. he could call for investigations.
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    From footballguys, transcript of Senator Specter on Rush Limbaugh's show......


    RUSH: Lot of football fans in this audience. Since the Super Bowl we've heard very little about this guy in Hawaii, Matt Walsh, that claims to have videotape of the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams walk through the Saturday before their Super Bowl. What's the status of that?

    SEN. SPECTER: Well, the status of it is that there has been an exchange of correspondence between Walsh's lawyers and the NFL lawyers. I've seen the letters. Walsh's lawyer let me see them on a promise of confidentiality, and I believe an objective and fair reading of those letters is that the NFL is discouraging Walsh from coming forward.

    RUSH: Really? Because their statements are just exact opposite.

    SEN. SPECTER: Well, the NFL says they're trying to encourage them, and I issued the challenge to the commissioner a couple of Saturdays ago, and they put out a Sunday release that they were making substantial progress. Well, we've had almost two weeks since that Sunday release, and nothing has happened. I believe those... Listen, I think the NFL has a duty of integrity. They have an anti-trust exemption, which gives them a preferred position. They are role models. If you can cheat in the NFL, you can cheat in college or high school or sixth grade math test. I think ultimately, Rush, if we get enough fire under it, they're going to have to show those letters -- and when they do, they're going to have to change their tune and let Walsh testify, because those reports are looking pretty strong, but there was filming for the 2002 Super Bowl.

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    So should I wait here for an apology if and when they say on Tues that there was no taping????? I'm not holding my breath...
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    Arlen Specter is Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and sits on the Subcommittee for "Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights."

    While Other Posters rightly point out that the Democratic majority technically controls Senate committees, the Senate is essentially a club and remains a bastion of external politeness where "courtesies" are routinely accorded to members of the minority party that they would never receive in the more contentious and less decorous House of Representatives. The majority extends courtesies to the minority because they understand that they are potentially one Election Cycle away from returning to the minority themselves.

    Specter can, then, technically not force Hearings on Spygate. However, if he goes to the Chair and raises a "point of personal privilege," a Senator of Specter's seniority will usually get what he wants. In this case, he doesn't even have to hold the hearings in the Judiciary Committee itself, but can do so in the Antitrust Subcommitte. The Democratic members of this Subcommittee, who would have to agree to such Hearings, include its Chairman, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Benjamin Cardin of Maryland and Chuck Schumer of New York. With Senators from Packer, Ravens, Jets and Giants country, a vote to hold such hearings would not be a tough sell "back home."

    So, to answer the question. He has a lot of authority to hold hearings on the fairness of the competitive environment in an institution (the NFL) that benefits from an Antitrust exemption.
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    I guess we are going to have to disagree then. The overall political climate is that the Republicans will not control the Senate in Spector's lifetime. I don't recall Spector when he was the chairman showing any courtesies to Leahy or any other Democrat. Nor do I think democrat Kohl is willing to use his subcommittee as a platform for a withchhunt as a favor to republican Spector that isn't approved by either Leahy or Kennedy.
    The realities remain that the Kohl is not going to upset Leahy as a favor to Spector period and I don't think Leahy is going to allow a witchhunt in his committee.
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    That's very true. The Senate allows any member to place a hold on any executive or judicial nomination, and they can even do so anonymously. The filibuster is another such mechanism that exists in the Senate and not the house.
    At this point it would be stupid to say, "Yes he'll be able to do this" or "No he won't be able to do that" because we can't know how the politics will play out. Maybe Leahy or Kohl need Specter's support on an unrelated piece of legislation (they always like to seem bipartisan so getting the minority party onboard helps) and are willing to let him hold hearings. It would be naive to think that the process will play out as it would in civics class. The NFL's best defense is to play along, pretend they're giving him what they want, and go about their business. Time is the NFL's friend, there's getting to be a shortage of outrage.
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    Again with Arlen Spaztor, I know there was taping for the 2002 super bowl, i think steve sabol taped it, and so did fox.. The more you think , someone just wants the pats and belichick to go away...
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    Specter, with the permission of the committee chairman, probably

    has the authority to convene a hearing to investigate cheating in the NFL

    by the NE Patriots. Then, based upon the evidence submitted, the

    committee could ask the FBI to investigate the same. I can't

    imagine the rational members would approve such nonsense but

    if Congress can't do anything about the price of gas, the Iraq War, the

    economy, or global warning, why not prove you can screw up the

    most successful team in the NFL?
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    Don't bet on it. Specter is bought and paid for by Comcast, Leahy is owned by Time Warner. This issue is just a small part of the cable companies battle with the NFL over the Sunday Ticket package and the NFL Network.
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    The only thing keeping Sphincter alive are his crap-hole muscles and his hatred of the Patriots.
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    Very nice. Thank you.
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    Re: What authority does Arlene Sphincter have.....

    Good for him. How can he call for investigations? I don't care if he was the president of the United States, he still can't interfere with the NFL. Why? Because no laws are being broken, therefore he has no authority. Nobody has to listen to him. However, it would be a different story if the Pats were actually doing something "illegal" like selling drugs or doing steriods. Last time I checked, videotaping another team is not against the law.

    All Senator Spector is doing is abusing his power.
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