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NFL, DirecTV Must Face Revived Challenge to ‘Sunday Ticket’ (1)

Aug. 13, 2019, 3:45 PMUpdated: Aug. 13, 2019, 5:15 PM

The National Football League, its teams, and DirecTV LLC must contend with a revived antitrust challenge to the licensing deals that restrict the number of games available on network television each Sunday.

The proposed class action takes aim at NFL Sunday Ticket, the DirecTV package that allows paid subscribers to watch every out-of-market game, rather than just the two or three games broadcast free each Sunday on CBS and Fox.

Two licensing deals make Sunday Ticket possible: an agreement among all NFL teams to pool their broadcast rights, and the NFL’s sale of those rights to DirecTV. But for those...

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