DirecTV and NFL Face Sunday Ticket Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit

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Santa Clara, CA: The NFL and DirecTV are facing an antitrust class-action suit, over the bundling of games in the NFL Sunday Ticket package. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Sunday Ticket subscribers should not be forced to pay several hundred dollars for the NFL' entire spectrum of out-of-market games just so they can follow one team or see an individual game.

Filed in California by Thomas Abrahamian, the lawsuit states: "The league and DirecTV offer NFL Sunday Ticket only as all-or-nothing….Purchasers of NFL Sunday Ticket must buy all out-of-market games for all teams even if they are only interested in watching the games of a particular team. Likewise, consumers must buy the complete season of games and may not purchase individual games."

"A Cleveland Browns fan living in California cannot watch the Browns play, except occasional games on network television, unless he purchases the entire package of League games from NFL Sunday Ticket," according to the complaint.

The lawsuit is Case 2:15-cv-04606-BRO-JEM. Plaintiffs are represented by Kazerouni Law Group and Hyde & Swigart.

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What I consider even worse is that regular NON-SPORTS-watching subscribers are FORCED to pay up to $7 (amount is based on your zip code) as a "Regional Sports Network fee" to help subsidize the cost for those who do want to watch the games. To avoid passing on the total increase in the cost of sports channels to those who actually want to watch them, the cable/dish providers have instead chosen to FORCE the rest of us to help pay for the increase. Personally I don't give a rat's behind whether the sports channels are there or not but am forced to pay (in my zip code) over $70/yr if I wish to subscribe to anything other than the most very basic package offered. This is totally UNACCEPTABLE!

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Absolutely think it unfair that movie lovers can choose pay per view but my favorite sport football is offered by a sports package. Being that I can only watch one game at a time, why should I have to pay for a package of games I don't want to watch.

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