Lofunzo wrote:What exactly is your argument on this topic and are you including the NFL Network and Sunday Ticket into the discussion??
Yea the Sunday ticket is another example of why the act has gone to far in allowing the networks to unilaterally negoitiate. They are broadcasting less games (b/c not everyone has the Dish) and making more money because direct tv paid out the wazoo for the rights. They did not even let other companies bid for the rights to have the ticket
Sunday ticket will never be available to the majority of viewers. Common sense from the viewer's standpoint says that, if they offered it to more people, they would make more money from the additional subscribers. It's not that easy, though. ST was never intended to be out there for everyone. If so, it would cripple advertising. CBS NY, for example, generates revenues based on their regional advertising. If a lot of people in the area were watching other games each week, it would kill them.
As for allowing other companies to enter into the discussion, I am not sure how feasible that is. Murdoch and DTV have basically let it be known that they are about sports. NFL ST is what separates them from other providers. Dish Network?? They never cared as it seems like they are more interested in the international programming angle. That leaves the digital cable companies. I suppose that in theory they could negotiate individually but, in reality, you would probably see the big cable cpompanies like Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner going into it together but that would bring us back to the scenario where the advertisers would be screwed because there would be a ton more subs.