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DirecTV Files Court Motion To Block Unsealing Of NFL Documents

DirecTV late yesterday filed a motion in federal court in Minnesota seeking to block the unsealing of its confidential records in the closely watched NFL media fees case. Two local Minnesota newspapers are seeking a complete unsealing of records in the NFLPA’s case against the NFL, in which the union alleges the league took lower media payments in return for guaranteed payments during a possible lockout. The arguments in that case, and on the unsealing, are set to be heard this morning.

The NFLPA is also seeking a broad unsealing, though DirecTV’s arguments are directed against the newspapers, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. DirecTV said unsealing the records, which include the contract and privileged communications, would expose the satellite channel’s NFL strategy, thereby impairing its ability to renew the deal in '14.
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