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Atlanta Dan
12-12-2006, 05:30 PM
Some might say there is a certain war in Iraq and a budget deficit that Congress should worry about fixing first, but for those of you who cannot get DirecTV and are deprived of the addictive joys of NFL Sunday Ticket, this excerpt from Gregg Easterbrook's Tuesday Morning Quarterback (which is an entertaining read every week) says PA Senator Arlen Specter has a deal for you:

Arlen Specter, Tuesday Morning Quarterback Man of the Year:
On another broadcasting note, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, an influential figure on Capitol Hill, announced last week that unless the NFL makes Sunday Ticket available to anyone who wants to buy it, he will introduce legislation to revoke the NFL's antitrust exemption. All hail Arlen Specter! TMQ has been campaigning for years on the point that the monopoly arrangement, which Sunday Ticket is offered only to satellite customers of DirecTV, violates the NFL's 1961 agreement with Congress. That agreement granted the league an antitrust exemption in return for its promise that pro football programming would be offered equally to all viewers. Because many millions of Americans live in places where it is not technically possible to receive DirecTV, the Sunday Ticket monopoly seems an obvious breach of the NFL's accord with Congress. (DirecTV is great; it's DirecTV's monopoly over Sunday Ticket, not the satellite carrier itself, that's causing the problem.) "A lot of people, including myself, would like to be able to have Sunday Ticket and can't get it," Specter said. The Pennsylvania senator also will press the NFL to cut the asking price for NFL Network, so NFLN can be shown on basic cable without necessitating a cable rate increase.

Football fans of America, you have Arlen Specter in your corner! It seems to me the Pennsylvania senator has found a potent populist cause, and for becoming champion of that cause, Arlen Specter is the 2006 Tuesday Morning Quarterback Man of the Year. Specter is the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and word is the incoming chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, is also eyeing the NFL's antitrust exemption. TMQ said this months ago and says this again: Commissioner Goodell, reach some voluntary deal with DirecTV to end the monopoly now -- before Congress imposes a deal on you

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=easterbrook/061212&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab2pos1

tony hipchest
12-12-2006, 05:51 PM
i heard on the radio that the nfl network would be giving away a free week or so, on time warner and comcast. this will be in the final week of the month (the week with the 2 ncaa bowl games and atleast 1 nfl game

Infamix
12-12-2006, 06:39 PM
I need to get Sunday Ticket ASAP, all I have is Dish with NFL Network rightnow.

fansince'76
12-12-2006, 07:14 PM
I hate to say it, but I think the NFL has started down the road where eventually every game will be pay-per-view. Moving MNF (an ABC institution for 35 years) to ESPN was the first step.

silver & black
12-12-2006, 07:27 PM
I hate to say it, but I think the NFL has started down the road where eventually every game will be pay-per-view. Moving MNF (an ABC institution for 35 years) to ESPN was the first step.

If that were to happen, they would be cutting their own throats.

fansince'76
12-12-2006, 07:30 PM
If that were to happen, they would be cutting their own throats.

Agreed, but they almost cut their own throats this past offseason with the salary cap and revenue sharing in respect to the new collective bargaining agreement (thank GOD they got that done - I would hate to see the NFL ruin itself the way MLB has). Not to mention the fact that the new commish is still an unknown quantity - who knows what direction he's gonna go.

Infamix
12-12-2006, 07:48 PM
Agreed, but they almost cut their own throats this past offseason with the salary cap and revenue sharing in respect to the new collective bargaining agreement (thank GOD they got that done - I would hate to see the NFL ruin itself the way MLB has). Not to mention the fact that the new commish is still an unknown quantity - who knows what direction he's gonna go.

Without the salary cap...man oh man that would be ugly

fansince'76
12-12-2006, 07:50 PM
Without the salary cap...man oh man that would be ugly

Yep - in a scenario like that, the Cowboys = Yankees, the Redskins = Red Sox, and the rest of the league would be fighting for the remaining table scraps. Snyder already spends money like a drunken sailor anyway - too bad for 'Skins fans he's still clueless when it comes to running an NFL franchise.

Stillers#1
12-12-2006, 08:17 PM
Now, if they could only do something about the ridiculous price ...

If you're talking about the price for a dish, I agree. But the price of the Sunday Ticket is almost enough reason alone to get a dish if you can. If I'm right Sunday Ticket is like 250.00 bucks a year. Hell I spend at least $60 at the bar every Sunday or Thursday or Monday during the week. Even for pre-season games. That's big savings for me if they decide to offer Sunday Ticket on Comcast. Heck last year I was at the bar for 24 weeks. 24 x 60 = some amount of money I don't even want to think about.

Yay Arlen Specter!!!!

stillers4me
12-13-2006, 05:42 AM
I feel so much better now that Congress is on top of the situation..............

fansince'76
12-13-2006, 07:19 AM
People worry so much about the salary cap. "Look at what happens in baseball," they say.

This year's World Series was Detroit (14th in total salary) against St. Louis (11th). The NLCS featured the Mets (5th), but the ALCS had the A's (21st). Last year's World Series was the Astros (12th) against the White Sox (13th).

As I keep saying, money is not everything.

True enough, but Detroit was a Cinderella story this year - first year they've been to the postseason in almost 20 years. When was the last time the Yankees missed the playoffs? That was more my point. Remember the Marlins' fire sale on players after they won it in 1997? THAT is the kind of thing I don't want to see happen in the NFL.

stlrtruck
12-13-2006, 07:55 AM
Snyder already spends money like a drunken sailor anyway - too bad for 'Skins fans he's still clueless when it comes to running an NFL franchise.

I'll have you know that when I was in the Navy, I never spent money like that! But of course drinks were cheaper too!

SteelCityMan786
12-13-2006, 03:23 PM
Without the salary cap...man oh man that would be ugly

BUTT UGLY. We'd have Yankee Dynasties galore.