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DirecTV's Game Plan: Subs Don't Pay For Sunday Ticket Until NFL Labor Accord

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With the NFL labor dispute approaching a third full month, there appears to be signs of movement toward a resolution.
In the meantime, DirecTV, the rights-holder to the out-of-market Sunday Ticket package, informed subscribers on Thursday that they would not have to pay until it is confirmed that the 2011 will indeed kick off.
The No. 1 DBS provider, which pays some $1.1 billion for Sunday Ticket rights, disseminated a mass email to package subscribers telling them that payments would be forestalled until there is a settlement. Once a new labor package has been reached, it will begin charging in installments, as it always does. Should the work stoppage result in the cancellation of any games, DirecTV will adjust the package's price accordingly.
The email directed subscribers to this website for additional information.
On Thursday, a CBSSports.com story, citing multiple sources familiar with the negotiations, indicated that the NFL owners and the players might be progressing toward labor peace within a few weeks.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith, as well as a number of owners and players association officials, met Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago with federal mediator U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan to try to bridge some of their significant differences. With the parties engaged in "confidential settlement,"

Boylan canceled mediation sessions that were scheduled for June 7-8.

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