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The NFL Could Dismantle AT&T's $49 Billion Purchase Of DirecTV
businessinsider.com ^ | May 19, 2014, 9:56 AM | Steve Kovach

Posted on 05/19/2014 11:12:21 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The NFL could dismantle AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV.

According to a clause in a regulatory filing for the purchase, AT&T has the right to walk away from the deal if DirecTV can't renew its agreement with the NFL

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: attdirectv; hitech; nfl

1 posted on 05/19/2014 11:12:21 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

2 posted on 05/19/2014 11:18:28 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I don’t see this as a good thing.


3 posted on 05/19/2014 11:18:57 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Don’t place any cash bets on this falling through. No way the NFL is going to turn off all those DirectTV viewers.


4 posted on 05/19/2014 11:27:42 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: TexasCajun

Which?


5 posted on 05/19/2014 11:28:38 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Only reason I have DirecTV...


6 posted on 05/19/2014 11:29:17 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Common Sense 101

^Yep


7 posted on 05/19/2014 11:31:42 AM PDT by Mustard (tt)
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To: Common Sense 101

Me as well, I will go to where ever the NFL lands......I have a TV for the NFL and Special Report ...other than that there is no need.


8 posted on 05/19/2014 11:31:46 AM PDT by The Klingon
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I love me some DirecTV, but I would never pay a penny extra to watch Goodell’s pussified NFLPC....


9 posted on 05/19/2014 11:34:03 AM PDT by clintonh8r (#Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Nice, we referred to our “mother ship” in san Antonio and then Dallas as the Death Star. Then I retired, still call it the death star


10 posted on 05/19/2014 11:35:01 AM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Corporations are becoming too big and powerful. They are just another big Government that will oppress.


11 posted on 05/19/2014 11:35:12 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: X-spurt
No way the NFL is going to turn off all those DirectTV viewers.

A big chunk of those DirecTV viewers are there because NFL Sunday Ticket is there. If the NFL walks away, it won't be the NFL's loss - it'll be DirecTV's, and AT&T knows it.

So now we're down to the NFL preventing mergers which will reduce free-market competition.
12 posted on 05/19/2014 11:35:40 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: TexasCajun
I want Direct TV plus the fast internet for less than I am paying now for FIOS Triple play....
13 posted on 05/19/2014 11:36:13 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Common Sense 101

Me too, bud. I loathe ATT.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 11:36:36 AM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV), Luke 22:36 (NIV))
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To: RIghtwardHo

It’s the Government-Business Complex.

Anti-Trust laws, what are those?


15 posted on 05/19/2014 11:36:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
According to a clause in a regulatory filing for the purchase, AT&T has the right to walk away from the deal if DirecTV can't renew its agreement with the NFL

PFL

16 posted on 05/19/2014 11:40:10 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

This merger isn’t nearly as anti-competition as the Comcast/NBCU/Time-Warner leviathan. Comcast will have unprecedented control over delivery, pricing and content, all while delivering the industry’s absolute worst customer service and technical competence.


17 posted on 05/19/2014 11:43:14 AM PDT by clintonh8r (#Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"Hi, I'm Pajama Boy from AT&T U-verse Tier Two Member Care.
How may I provide you with excellent service today?"

18 posted on 05/19/2014 11:48:01 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: Jeff Chandler

"And please don't call back.
You'll killing my metrics."

19 posted on 05/19/2014 11:50:00 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hillary may have brain damage, but what difference does it make?)
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To: Jeff Chandler

That’s what we in the industry have been calling them since they came oit with that logo.

Interestingly, Cable &Wireless copied The Death Star for a while and now has a policy of simply spelling out the words.


20 posted on 05/19/2014 11:57:38 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So if you don’t like this deal, get someone from DirecTV to say something negative on the record about Michael Sam.


21 posted on 05/19/2014 11:57:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

the government used to break up monopolies, not enable their formation. CROYNYISM keeps the whores in DC flush with cash and that is the change this country needs. Maybe next go around.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 11:58:33 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: X-spurt
Don’t place any cash bets on this falling through. No way the NFL is going to turn off all those DirectTV viewers.

Unless they think they can make more money without DirecTV exclusivity by selling enough subscriptions on other platforms that hey'll gain more than they'll lose in exclusivity fees with DirecTV - note that this isn't about whether DirecTV will continue to carry the NFL (unless someone else gets an exclusive bid in), it's about being the ONLY place to carry the full NFL package.

The NFL might be happier with no exclusivity deal, but to allow DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, Adelphia, et. al., to all carry the package, plus direct streaming service (Roku, AppleTV, web streaming) subscription.

23 posted on 05/19/2014 12:02:07 PM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

OH NO, Homes...AT&T sux, man.

I was a happy little clam with my directv and my genie ...Sunday Ticket? Feh...was mildly ok...the big games were broadcast anyway...

I can hardly wait for the changes comin...mostly higher rates now that the directv people are paying...All at&t has is stupid pokey dsl...cave man internet...gag.


24 posted on 05/19/2014 12:05:48 PM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: clintonh8r
This merger isn’t nearly as anti-competition as the Comcast/NBCU/Time-Warner leviathan.

It's all anti-competitive - crony capitalism conducted between Obama's golfing pals at Martha's Vineyard. Comcast is demanding additional fees from service providers like Netflix who compete with Comcast's own services, and at the same time is trialing data caps for customers who use competing services like Netflix - so Comcast gets paid twice for the same data. Needless to say, such caps will not apply to Comcast's own services, and there's no reason Comcast shouldn't decide to expand to social media and announce that Facebook needs to pay additional fees. I can't think of a more certain way to destroy Internet innovation and value to end-users.

If Southern California Edison not only supplied power but also manufactured electrical appliances and could mandate that electrical appliances made by GE will mean additional charges both to GE and to you, while their own appliances are subject to no additional fees, we'd arrive at pretty much the same scenario US ISPs have created for themselves.
25 posted on 05/19/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So all ATT wants is the NFL.


26 posted on 05/19/2014 12:20:44 PM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Unfortunately, it didn’t start with Obama.


27 posted on 05/19/2014 12:23:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: X-spurt

They wouldn’t turn them off, but they might not sell them Sunday Ticket anymore, and they also might make Sunday Ticket no longer exclusive to DirecTV.


28 posted on 05/19/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: dfwgator
Unfortunately, it didn’t start with Obama.?

Nope. Started with our ol' buddy John McCain and the breathtakingly, historically corrupt Telecommunications Act of 1996.


29 posted on 05/19/2014 12:27:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

That’s not the NFL preventing a merger, that’s AT&T explaining exactly which part of DirecTV they consider useful.


30 posted on 05/19/2014 12:28:38 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: discostu
That’s not the NFL preventing a merger, that’s AT&T explaining exactly which part of DirecTV they consider useful.

True enough, but preventing a merger which would further reduce competition in the media content and Internet connectivity markets is a useful side-effect.
31 posted on 05/19/2014 12:54:32 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

From the NFL’s side it’s just a matter of whether or not DirecTV ponies up enough cash. Last renewal time buzz said the NFL wanted to make Sunday Ticket not exclusive but DirecTV made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. I doubt the NFL cares one way or another how this will effect some merger, although now they do know DirecTV has a major reason to keep the status quo so expect the price to go up a lot.


32 posted on 05/19/2014 1:04:53 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: discostu
I doubt the NFL cares one way or another how this will effect some merger, although now they do know DirecTV has a major reason to keep the status quo so expect the price to go up a lot.

Depends on the market, and the merger does remove a potential competitive bid for the next Sunday Ticket negotiation. But I didn't mean that the NFL cares about overall competition in the US TV market - just that it could be a useful, unintended side effect of their own considerations.
33 posted on 05/19/2014 1:32:39 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: kevkrom
The NFL might be happier with no exclusivity deal

The NFL has some challenges in the near future. It risks losing audience from the safety conscious because of the injury risk, from the purists who think football is getting too tame, and from those who don't want to follow the pc rantings of the open gay rights crowd. Losing part of their audience that isn't signed up with the company they have an exclusivity deal with might cost them even more support.

Why can't we just throw away the digital stuff for antenna TV and go back to what we had, for free?

34 posted on 05/19/2014 1:41:16 PM PDT by grania
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Not really. The NFL has always wanted to have it limited in its American availability (the networks pay the league a lot of money, and the league doesn’t want to devalue those). And really this merger isn’t that big, DirecTV talks a big game, but they only have 20 million subscribers nationally. All this “anti-competition” monopoly talk is kind of silly. The big question is why is AT&T willing to fork over so much cash for this? I think it’s hardware more than anything.


35 posted on 05/19/2014 1:43:40 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

A “big chunk” maybe 90% of DirectV’s subscribers are there because they have damn few options aside from Dish.

99.9% of folks I know on Directv never watch NFL Sunday.


36 posted on 05/19/2014 2:35:54 PM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The NFL will demand higher prices and ATT will pass them on to you.


37 posted on 05/19/2014 4:04:21 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: discostu
DirecTV talks a big game, but they only have 20 million subscribers nationally.

Well, bear in mind that the entire US pay-TV subscriber base is about 80 million - families count as a single subscription. 20 million is also about how many subscribers Comcast has - in fact, DirecTV is just behind Comcast as the biggest TV provider in the US.

All this “anti-competition” monopoly talk is kind of silly.

I wish it were, but you're talking about merging the 2nd biggest TV provider with the 4th biggest provider. And this is on top of the proposed Comcast/Time-Warner merger and the simple fact that most of the US is already limited to a single choice for a cable operator.

The big question is why is AT&T willing to fork over so much cash for this? I think it’s hardware more than anything.

If the acquisition could take place today, it'd vault AT&T past Comcast to become the largest TV provider in the US. If the Comcast/Time-Warner merger goes through, AT&T will be well-positioned as the 2nd largest TV provider. That seems reason enough to me.
38 posted on 05/19/2014 7:38:15 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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