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DirecTV Making Progress In Negotiations To Keep Exclusive Rights To NFL Sunday Ticket
Published February 21, 2014
BALL SO HARD: MULTICHANNEL NEWS' Mike Farrell noted sub fees for the Dodgers' SportsNet L.A. are "more than twice those that other baseball teams charge." White warned that subscribers in the L.A. market "could see increases in monthly RSN surcharges if the satellite giant carries the channel at current prices." He said, “I certainly think when you see these kinds of increases in a given market like the Los Angeles market has experienced with both the Lakers and the Dodgers, it’s frankly what has driven us to have to do a surcharge. I think you can expect us to see probably a more than an average increase in that surcharge as we pick up these kinds of situations" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 2/20). White called SportsNet L.A.'s rate a "staggering increase relative to any other benchmark in Major League Baseball" (CABLEFAX DAILY, 2/21). DirecTV currently does not have a carriage deal for SportsNet L.A. (THE DAILY).