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Video Archive of Hearing on DirecTV / Extra Inninngs Deal Print
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 07:48

DirecTV and MLBThe hearing on the proposed deal to make MLB Extra Innings exclusively available on DirecTV has concluded, and with that, a video archive is now available (Real Media format only).

Below, on The Biz of Baseball, are the opening statements of the witnesses at today's hearing, as well as Sen. John Kerry's opening statement.

Highlights of the hearing, as reported by the AP include:

Kerry, often playing the role of mediator, got behind the effort [offered by iN Demand to offer up Extra Innings for two years before the launch of The MLB Channel, should they not reach an agreement on the 24-hour baseball only channel].

"What's the matter with that?" he asked Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer.

"We believe that DirecTV has the right to begin to help us build the channel," DuPuy answered, adding that the cable industry had nine months to negotiate a deal.

Kerry pressed the issue, suggesting that the status quo be kept in place while the sides tried to work out a deal.

DuPuy wouldn't agree to that, although he said, "Our door remains open" for a resolution.

 

 
 
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