Written by The Staff
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 00:58
At 10am EST, a hearing with the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will take place to address the pending deal to place MLB Extra Innings exclusively on DirecTV.
The title of the hearing is, Exclusive Sports Programming: Examining Competition and Consumer Choice.
Those witnesses to testify are:
| || Mr. Rob Jacobson |
President and Chief Executive Officer
iN DEMAND Networks
| || Mr. Stephen F. Ross |
Professor of Law
The Dickinson School of Law, The Pennsylvania State University
| || Mr. Robert DuPuy |
President and Chief Operating Officer
Major League Baseball
| || Mr. Chase Carey |
Chief Executive Officer
DIRECTV Group, Inc.
| || Mr. Carl Vogel |
President & Vice Chairman
EchoStar Satellite L.L.C.
Senator John Kerry (D-MA), chairs the committee. Today, the Baltimore Sun reports:
"I have no doubt that there are business advantages, but what is the impact on fans? They lose the content," said an advance copy of Kerry's remarks obtained by The Sun. "Or, as we will discover today, they are forced to change their TV service to see games. That is wrong. That is a sign that the system is not working."