Lawsuit May Put DirecTV’s MLB and NHL Subscription Packages on Thin Ice

By on April 2, 2015

Class action suits filed against Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), Comcast and DirecTV for alleged violations of antitrust laws survived motions to dismiss, and now seek to overcome the class certification hurdle.  If U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin signs off on class certifications, then plaintiffs will be one step closer to trial.

The central issue is forced bundling which effectively requires fans to purchase an entire season of all out-of-market games.  Consumers argue that they should be afforded the opportunity to purchase packages for individual teams at a lower price than the current “fully loaded” subscription cost.  Depending on the outcome of the lawsuits, other sports leagues including the NFL may be affected.

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