In DirecTV Hearings, Kerry Urges More Time
Major League Baseball should step away from the batter’s box on its deal with DirecTV, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) urged Tuesday in hearings convened by the Senate Commerce Committee, of which he is chairman. But with the start of the season just days away, time is running out for a compromise.
The hearings were called after baseball agreed to a $700 million deal to make DirecTV the exclusive carrier for its out-of-market regular-season game package, which is called MLB Extra Innings.
In early March, MLB gave the two other previous carriers of the service, cable-based InDemand and satellite service Dish Network, the opportunity to match the offer by the end of the month. However, when InDemand made just such an offer last week, MLB rejected it in under an hour.