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Stern Backs Selig & MLB on DirecTV Deal Print
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Written by The Staff   
Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:44

 Selig, Stern and Jones

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, center, flanked by Dallas
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, and NBA Commissioner David Stern
takes part in apanel discussion at the 2007 ASNE convention in
Washington, Thursday, March 29, 2007.
(AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Commissioner Selig got backing from a well known MLB ally, NBA Commissioner David Stern over MLB's proposed deal to make Extra Innings exclusively available on DirecTV. Selig and Stern spoke during a panel discussion sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. The panel also included NASCAR chief executive Brian France and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. As reported by the AP :

Stern ridiculed Congress for holding a hearing on the deal this week.

"As a taxpayer, I think the most important thing the Senate should be doing is holding hearings on Bud's DirecTV package," Stern said sarcastically. "I don't care about health care or ... the war in Iraq."

The comments came during a broad discussion about the tension between sports and newspapers as leagues and teams often seek to announce news through exclusive deals with sponsors or on their own Web sites rather than the traditional media.

Jones said the disputes that flare up from time to time are "not about freedom of information. Our tension is there because we both have our eye on the same thing: to make exclusive certain content and sell it."
 
 
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