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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Baseball Goes On Trial for Millions of Fans, Billions of Dollars

if you are in bed with cable companies you really need to think about what you find attractive in your partner

from the article:

MLB says the system prevents the teams in big markets from gobbling up all the TV deals and starving small-market teams, ensuring more games, more competition and more choices for fans.

Now, the league will have to defend that logic in a trial starting Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, in which Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC are also among the defendants. The plaintiffs argue that MLB is illegally restraining competition by limiting the markets in which its 30 teams can make broadcast deals.

MLB has already lost a bid to get the lawsuit thrown out on the basis of a special antitrust exemption it enjoys. If it loses the case as well, and fans everywhere can follow their favorite teams without paying for games they don’t want, it would change the way Americans watch baseball, and the industries that have grown up around their devotion. A defeat could also accelerate cord cutting, or subscriber losses, at the cable and satellite TV companies.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 19, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 49 comment(s)
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