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Dish would bid on NFL Sunday Ticket, if it could


If DirecTV can’t work out a deal to extend it’s 20-year hammerlock on NFL Sunday Ticket, another satellite provider is ready to make a pitch for the package.

According to Todd Spangler of, Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen recently said that his company would make an offer on the property, if it could.

Specifically, Ergen said Dish Network would “obviously be a bidder” for what he called “the most valuable content in the world.”  But with the acquisition of DirecTV by AT&T hinging on the retention of Sunday Ticket, Ergen realizes that the door won’t be open.

“I think DirecTV, given the fact their merger [with AT&T] depends on it, the NFL has] to be confident they’re in the driver’s seat,” Ergen said.

That wrinkle gives the league so much power in the talks that the league doesn’t even need to conjure phony leverage by, for example, flirting with a competitor like Dish.

Still, if the package ever jumped from DirecTV to another provider, plenty of DirecTV customers would surely follow.

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42 Responses to “Dish would bid on NFL Sunday Ticket, if it could”
  1. philvil41 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:14 AM

    Direct TV sucks

  2. TheDPR says: Aug 7, 2014 8:22 AM

    Yep. I am only with DirecTV because of Sunday Ticket. I’d follow the ticket wherever it went.

  3. miafins1 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:22 AM

    I have DTV for 15 yrs now and the only reason I have it is because of Sunday Ticket.

  4. sladewillson says: Aug 7, 2014 8:22 AM

    They need to en it up to every cable provider or at least more than one

  5. bigperm33 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:23 AM

    Why cant the NFL make the package available across more providers? I remember a few years back, MLB almost went exclusive with DirecTV, and people went crazy. And MLB backed off of it. Why isn’t there at least even an internet only option for Sunday Ticket, the way there is for the MLB, NHL, and NBA packages?

  6. motobus says: Aug 7, 2014 8:24 AM

    How is this deal legal?

  7. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 7, 2014 8:25 AM

    I have had Dish for 7 years. I love it. Not swiitching for Sunday Ticket. I can see every Saints game, so why would I shell out all the extra money to watch other teams play? The big games are usually scheduled for nighttime national broadcast.

    Besides, maybe people don’t realize it, but there are other ways to see the games of teams you don’t follow.

  8. El Pollo Loco says: Aug 7, 2014 8:33 AM

    The nfl is missing out on billions by not offering this on cable as well.

  9. southpaw2k says: Aug 7, 2014 8:36 AM

    Considering the NFL has a deal with Verizon, would there potentially be a conflict of interest if it chose to renew its Sunday Ticket offer with DirecTV, since DirecTV is now owned by AT&T?

  10. joefelicelli says: Aug 7, 2014 8:37 AM

    If the NFL was really looking to make some additional cash, they would sell a package to cable providers to offer a week by week package where each game is pay-per-view when it is out of market, and charge $19.99 per game each week. There would be a lot of people who would rather pay 20 bucks to watch their team at home instead of shelling out $40-50 in food and drinks at a bar or restaurant, and it would not directly conflict with the Sunday Ticket value proposition. Besides, DirecTV makes most of its money on the restaurant/bar segment anyway.
    Selling one game doesn’t necessarily impact the potential of having all of them. The home consumer group would vacate a lot of DirecTV packages, but the NFL really doesn’t care about DirecTV, they care about that TV revenue. Besides, with the cost jumping every year on Sunday Ticket, many consumers are jumping off the bandwagon already.

  11. bobby2478 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:38 AM

    Why doesn’t the NFL double or triple dip and make the Sunday Ticket something anyone can purchase? The more carriers and subscribers who purchase this would result in even more revenue into the NFL’s coffers.

    I can understand the initial exclusivity, but just like with “exclusive” cell phones after they’ve been out for awhile they go over to other carriers as well.

    I’m tired of the overuse of “exclusive”, like how every time a new phone comes out AT&T has the “exclusive” rights on it so no one else can buy that phone even if they want to.

  12. bigernmccracken says: Aug 7, 2014 8:45 AM

    As a directv subscriber, I can honestly say I would jump to Dish in a New York second if they got the package. It is literally the ONLY reason I maintain my directv account. Otherwise, they’re pretty horrible.

  13. roadtrip3500 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:55 AM

    The “wired” TV providers (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, Cablevision, etc.) would also probably get together to package a bid… they’ve wanted access to Ticket since the beginning. Cable viewers are limited to RedZone – nice for current highlights, but obviously bad for fans of out-of-market teams who can’t see a full game.

  14. imjusthereforthecomments says: Aug 7, 2014 9:03 AM

    Pay per game! All providers and online! Just do it NFL!

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:05 AM

    This should be available on all cable and satellite systems, period.

  16. jimmyt says: Aug 7, 2014 9:06 AM

    Someday, probably soon, all NFL games will be some type of pay-per-view.

  17. jtbsteeler says: Aug 7, 2014 9:13 AM

    Yes. DirecTV would be able to hear themselves losing money.

  18. rufustfireflyjr says: Aug 7, 2014 9:15 AM

    I’m sure DirecTV would lose a lot of viewers if it lost the NFL package. My wife likes Comcast and doesn’t want a satellite dish on our roof. But if we didn’t live in my favorite NFL team’s broadcast area, we would get DirecTV and Sunday Ticket, and she would just have to be p.o.’d at me.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 7, 2014 9:21 AM

    Well they had multiple chances to merge with DirecTV, but Ergen thought the price was too “frothy” which comes from the root word “froth” which means “something that is appealing but that has no serious value or interest”, or “worthless or insubstantial talk, ideas, or activities”, or other definitions that talk about “bubbles”, so I’m not sure why he’s trying to talk about opening a door that he chose to shut and board up.

    And maybe Ergen should watch less TV and spend some time working on building a better vocabulary.

  20. johnheisman says: Aug 7, 2014 9:26 AM

    If DIRECTV lost the NFL Sunday ticket, every sports bar would disconnect as well as millions of residential customers. It won’t happen.

  21. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 7, 2014 9:26 AM

    People still use satellite and cable table? You do realize how royally screwed you’re all getting right? It’s the same thing with internet from the big companies like Comcast, who give you terrible speeds for outrageously high prices.

    Bring down the corporations!

  22. chargersdiehard says: Aug 7, 2014 9:27 AM

    I just moved and tried to take my sunday ticket with me. Our new house is surrounded by trees and cant get reception so I had to cancel. Now I’ll be forced to watch my Bolts online illegally and im gonna buy NFL replay to help. Im gonna miss sunday ticket it is awesome. Luckily I have at&t so if they bring it to mobile ill get it.

  23. tjacks7 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:45 AM

    You mean you guys don’t have directv for their splendid customer service and random charges for nothing? Shocked.

  24. sparty0n says: Aug 7, 2014 9:50 AM

    There would be so many more NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers if they would open up access beyond Direct TV!

  25. edaniel82 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:50 AM

    I Hate DirecTV but love the ticket, I was with Dish for 8 years and was always happy with it. Switched to DirecTV 2 years ago for the ticket and have had nothing but problems with them and the crappy equipment. I hope the NFL sticks it to them it is BS that they are the only supplier of Sunday Ticket.

  26. dbfan4ever says: Aug 7, 2014 10:16 AM

    I wonder how much the NFL charges Directv for exclusivity. The bad news is that if the NFL tries to squeeze Directv/ATT on their next deal Directv will pass that cost along to their customers! It is like those naive people who demand that businesses and corporations pay higher taxes and then when higher taxes come they complain that the prices for goods and services continue to rise!

  27. lks311 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:20 AM

    Anyone that knows Ergen knows he’s not going to ante up enough for the NFL content…but, what he does like to do is bid it up for his competitors.

    His statement alone just added a zero.

  28. jmac1013 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:21 AM

    Y’all know all of the games are online, right?

  29. clayton268921 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:24 AM

    There is an internet option, through DirecTV. Just FYI

  30. ajg314 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:27 AM

    I’m with everyone else on this thread. I’m with Directv only because of the Sunday Ticket. Directv’s prices in general are nothing short of blatant gouging and their customer service is horrible. I’d be thrilled if they were to lose the NFL package. If Directv loses Sunday Ticket, they lose me too.

  31. celly84 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:27 AM

    I’m just waiting for Google to put in a bid and then offer it as a pay per team OR pay per division service.

    I’d gladly pay $100 to watch all the NFC South games…


  32. unclebluck says: Aug 7, 2014 10:27 AM

    I got rid of my Direct TV/Sunday Ticket after just 2 years due to the endless “extra charges” and extremely poor customer service…..never going back regardless whether the retain their illegal choke hold on the Ticket….

  33. iamedreed says: Aug 7, 2014 10:44 AM

    so what are people supposed to do who can’t have satellite dishes?

    i don’t get why they feel the need for an exclusive contract when they are effectively cutting their market in half, maybe even further my restricting access to 1 cable company who isn’t even the largest provider (or even close)

  34. firedog784 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:08 AM

    I have never understood this fetish with DirecTV by the NFL. I agree fully with those that have stated basically that this is well beyond a new thing when you might have understood a contract with one provider. But when they renewed with DirecTV was when they should have offered this ticket to all satellite and cable companies.

    I once had DirecTV a long time ago and admittedly it was the Sunday Ticket that had me make the change. However, my experience with DirecTV and my dealings with them, especially when I had trouble, was horrendous. Sunday Ticket or no Sunday Ticket I left them anyway and since that time have waited for this feature to become available on my cable service.

    I also like the idea of “pay as you go” so to speak as someone has mentioned. The NFL could make all the games available on an individual basis like a “pay per view” event. Or like a movie. I do think $19.95 is a bit steep as someone like me would choose a game to watch at 1:00, 4:00, and not to mention the night game. I think something in the range of $5 – $10/game would be more like it.

  35. preston0036 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:20 AM

    dish Sucks

  36. joetoronto says: Aug 7, 2014 11:59 AM

    I don’t understand the hate for DirecTV, I think it’s awesome.

    Especially OnDemand.

  37. magicmtndan says: Aug 7, 2014 1:09 PM

    DirecTV users like me have been screwed for years as Sunday Ticket is the only option. So we’ve paid whatever they’ve asked us (and we threatened to cancel several times which did get us better pricing).

    But now that DTV is being bought by AT&T we can expect the price to skyrocket to the highest possible cost.

    How else will AT&T, the greedy corporation, ever pay back the $50 billion purchase price?!

    Someday in the future there will be 10 monster corporations controlling everything. The only “good news” is the NFL won’t be one of them.

  38. wilmyers09 says: Aug 7, 2014 1:46 PM

    people still have dish?? who knew dish sucks and should go out of business

  39. mediasloppy says: Aug 7, 2014 3:45 PM

    I don’t get it. As a kid in school I was taught monopolies were broken up and illegal, because they could abuse their power over American Citizens. All I see today are Monopolies under a bunch of different teams. AT&T a number of years ago filed Bankruptcy and now they are one of the most powerful Corporations in the World.

  40. rcali says: Aug 7, 2014 4:29 PM

    Please get non satellite companies involved, the quality would be so much better…especially for the online version which DirecTV does a terrible job with.

  41. simonator917 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:20 PM

    I have Directv and I would gladly take the NFL Network’s Red Zone channel over Directv’s Red Zone channel, but unfortunately it’s not an option. Directv’s Red Zone channel SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s more of a highlight show than watching live football. So I’m getting Sunday Ticket but refuse to pay an additional $90 to get their incredibly lame Red Zone channel.

  42. vikingsgohard says: Aug 8, 2014 12:45 AM

    This is no different then the iPhone … Why would the money hungry nfl not want to sell there product to every company ..just look at what Apple did …sold it to Att exclusive until it was in high demand

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