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 DirectTV Inching Towards Dropping NFL Sunday Ticket
topic by Javon23 - 03-07-2013, 10:12 AM



For the last 18 years, DirectTV has made itís name on allowing football fans to watch every single game on Sundays. If things donít change, that could be ending very soon as the satellite television company does not have a new contract in place with the NFL that would continue to make Direct TV the exclusive home of every single NFL game.

CEO Pat Doyle told investors on Wednesday that amid rising sports costs, NFL Sunday Ticket may have to be dropped as a package to consumers. Doyle said that if during the next round of negotiations with the NFL the price goes too high, DirectTV will have no choice but to pull out of the deal altogether or severely alter their current plan.

As of today, Direct TV has two years left on itís $4 billion extension which was agreed upon back in 2009. One massive piece of evidence that suggests NFL Sunday Ticket will be dropped is that fact that there has been absolutely no talks of a new contract, which is something that never happens with the NFL. The league is notorious for getting their ducks in a row years in advance of contract expiration and the business as usual deadline is fast approaching.

Back in 1994 when DirectTV hit a grand slam by offering NFL fans the chance to watch every single game at home, the idea of being able to sit on your couch in Michigan and watch the Seahawks play the Buccaneers was extremely innovative. But today the novelty has worn off and the steep price and fierce competition has a lot to do with it.

In 1994, DirectTV was the only place you could watch every single NFL game. Today, NFL RedZone offers every single game from a scoring angle, and NFL Rewind allows you to sit on your couch in Michigan and watch the Buccaneers play the Seahawks on a brisk Tuesday morning.

However, donít confuse DirectTV losing NFL Sunday Ticket with NFL Sunday Ticket becoming a defunct package. Just because DirectTV canít pay for it doesnít mean someone like Comcast Xfinity wonít. NBC is starting to beef up itís sports coverage with NBC Sports network, and the NBC owned Comcast broadcasting empire would love to get their paws on a lucrative exclusive deal with the NFL.

Thatís obviously one of many possible places Sunday NFL Ticket could land, because if the package becomes a free agent, everyone and their grandma will be trying to get their hands on this deal. So while we could be facing the end of a 20 year era, NFL Sunday Ticket likely wonít be going anywhere except away from DirectTV.

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60 comments for "DirectTV Inching Towards Dropping NFL Sunday Ticket"


 03-07-2013, 10:14 AMaway - #2
swyshasweets 

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i stream all my games anyway fukk direct tv
 03-07-2013, 10:16 AMaway - #3
YoungRay20 169 heat pts169

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I need it to come to comcast...
 03-07-2013, 10:18 AMaway - #4
Kingme 1 heat pts

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The NFL needs to chill out with all these exclusive deals. Let every cable/satellite provider offer season ticket and let other publishers outside of EA sports make football games.
 03-07-2013, 10:19 AMaway - #5
JBAL NY 44 heat pts44

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I got them first row tickets anyway, #### em
 03-07-2013, 10:28 AMonline - #6
5_star_smitty|m 157 heat pts157

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i have 3 cbs' & 3 fox's...
i have nfl network...
i also have internet access...
which means i have access to every nfl game on sundays, thursdays & when they had games on saturdays...
therefore i don't need directtv
#### goodell
 03-07-2013, 10:29 AMaway - #7
capone3pbs 4 heat pts

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Originally Posted by JBAL NY
I got them first row tickets anyway, #### em


2x's


 03-07-2013, 10:30 AMaway - #8
Eagles All Day 50 heat pts50

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Originally Posted by JBAL NY
I got them first row tickets anyway, #### em


Hook up the MacBook to the tv :
 03-07-2013, 10:35 AMaway - #9
Flacco Da Gawd 53 heat pts53

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In the first row on my iPad watching whoever on the tv Sometimes I even bring my laptop to the first row with me too
 03-07-2013, 10:35 AMaway - #10
Spiffy 34 heat pts34

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Direct TV gave mine for free last season after I called to cancel cuz they didnt carry the new Lakers channel here in LA. 4 days later they agreed with Time Warner and started the Lakers channel
 03-07-2013, 10:35 AMaway - #11
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Originally Posted by JBAL NY
I got them first row tickets anyway, #### em
Damn right.

 03-07-2013, 10:37 AMonline - #12
ghettofire 3 heat pts

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I got permanent redzone tickets with my buddy Scott anyway.
 03-07-2013, 10:38 AMonline - #13
W24x55 35 heat pts35

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Time Warner has Red Zone now and that is all I need.


#### DTV.
 03-07-2013, 10:40 AMaway - #14
WasabiTuna 10 heat pts10

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Goodbye Direct TV. Thats the only reason people get Direct TV.
 03-07-2013, 10:41 AMaway - #15
TraV 73 heat pts73

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RedZone, Games the next day on NFL Network, downloading the games off of itunes or first row tickets
 03-07-2013, 10:55 AMaway - #16
Javon23 151 heat pts151

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Get it done Fios!
 03-07-2013, 10:58 AMaway - #17
VerbalAssassin 94 heat pts94

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Originally Posted by JBAL NY
I got them first row tickets anyway, #### em
Faithfully
 03-07-2013, 11:08 AMaway - #18
Dangerously 208 heat pts208

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First row every day
 03-07-2013, 11:42 AMaway - #19
rek0nize 52 heat pts52

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DishTV bout to have it on lock. They are bigger than Direct by a long shot.
 03-07-2013, 11:49 AMaway - #20
Tiko377 1017 heat pts1017

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I will bounce if they dont have the nfl ticket i just renewed my contract like 9 months ago for 2 years so it would be perfect timing for me to bounce.

only reason why i have them is because of the nfl ticket.
 

 



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