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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 01:28

The Biz of BaseballDuring last week's hearing entitled Exclusive Sports Programming: Examining Competition and Consumer Choice. Chase Carey Chief Executive Officer for DIRECTV Group, Inc., said in his opening statement, “DIRECTV estimates that there are relatively few viewers – no more than three percent of the cable segment (approximately 180,000 Extra Innings subscribers) – who cannot receive DIRECTV service,” Carey said. “This translates to roughly 5,000 subscribers – each of whom can access the games over the Internet.”

"5000"...

We thought it would be interesting to conduct an unscientific study to see whether there really is, what is now being called, "Selig's 5000".

The Biz of Baseball wants to hear your story.

Tells us if you can't get DirecTV, be it through the inability of line-of-sight to the southern sky, or some other reason.

Lastly (and this is outside Carey's statement, but we feel relevant)  tell us any other story that makes switching more than difficult. Tied into a long-term contract with your provider? Tell us. Live in Philadelphia and can't pay to get both cable and DirecTV so you can continue to watch the Phillies? Ditto.

The concept? Give you visibility to the media, MLB, DirecTV, DISH and iN Demand.

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