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Friday, January 06, 2017

The Other Side of Baseball’s Success Story

Last year’s phenomenal Game Seven ratings might mask some deeper truths about the game’s long-term prospects.

“Selig’s annual statements about the health of the game were not pulled out of the air but reflected in the financial data and products being offered to fans. His successor, Rob Manfred, will almost certainly continue to report on the financial health of baseball. While these reports may be factual, they do not quite represent the entire truth.”

gehrig97 Posted: January 06, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, ratings, revenues, rob manfred, television contracts

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Justice Department sues AT&T for allegedly blocking Dodgers TV channel

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of suing AT&T, alleging that its DirecTV television unit orchestrated an illegal campaign to block wide carriage of the television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles, the Justice Department accused DirecTV of being a ringleader in an effort to make sure that three other pay-TV companies — Cox Communications, Charter Communications and AT&T (which was then separate from DirecTV)—would refuse to carry SportsNet LA, the Dodger-owned TV channel.

The lawsuit alleges that the four companies engaged in illegal conduct, sharing nonpublic information among themselves, to gain bargaining leverage in negotiations with Time Warner Cable, which was struggling to get the pay TV companies to sign up for the channel.

DirecTV, now owned by AT&T, and Cox Communications have refused to carry the channel, citing its high cost.


 

 

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