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Senators criticize MLB-DirecTV deal

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DawgLink, Mar 27, 2007.

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  1. jpl

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    Sorry, lwilli201, didn't mean to jump on you like that. My main point in my rant is that government is generally the source of many of the problems that end up needing to be fixed. For example, going back to drugs for a sec. The reason that they're so expensive is because the R&D costs are through the roof - approx. $800 million dollars to produce one drug. And that doesn't take into consideration all the drugs that fail. One reason for that... FDA regulations. Now I'm not saying that those regulations should be relaxed. It's part of the price we pay for wanting safe drugs (or relatively so). But to have Congress get all worked up over the cost of drugs when the cost is largely driven by regulations that THEY created... well, it's hard to take a member of Congress seriously when I hear that nonsense.

    Ditto for gas prices. Want to create a wind-fall profit tax? Fine, let's go after the organization that takes the biggest cut from a gallon of gas -- the federal government. They institute ridiculous taxes and regulations on gas producers and then wonder why the price is so high? I didn't hear any of those blow-hards proposing to suspend gas taxes while they were grilling the execs of these companies.

    Ok, off the soapbox and back on topic...
     
  2. bobsloop

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    Have you ever seen the government do something well? The best thing is for the government to just stay out of it. If you don't want to buy it then don't. If enough people don't buy it things will eventually change. If people buy it then there is a market for it.

    What's next? Is Hillary going to try to add national MLB Extra Innings coverage for all to her terrible national health care idea? How about free beer on Friday for every American? Where does it stop? Although I kind of like the free beer idea.
     
  3. veryoldschool

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    So I should be able to have the government force GM to sell me a Ford then, because I can't get to the Ford dealer, but the is a Chevy dealer close by? :confused:
     
  4. Earl Bonovich

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    We need to bring this discussion back closer to the actual topic:

    Congress's intrest in the DirecTV/MLB deal.

    We can't tangent out to other areas, as DBSTalk doesn't allow political discussions... but this particular thread has a little "room" since the topic is about the governments involvement with DirecTV.
     
  5. veryoldschool

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    You won me over with the beer idea...:)
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    I quit:)
     
  7. jpl

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    will do. I was trying to just demonstrate that getting government involved in a business deal like this will cause more problems than it'll solve... that's all. not meant to be a political (that is, partisan) posting at all... but I'll try to stay on topic...
     
  8. Jhon69

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    Charlie's tired of paying lawyers when Congress can do his bidding.Maybe when UNICEF starts disbursing MLB then DISH will be able to afford it.;)
     
  9. DCSholtis

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  10. Satelliteracer

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  11. Newshawk

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    Broken...
     
  12. DCSholtis

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  13. BillyT2002

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    The free market and the free market only should dictate what prices should be - not the companies. I believe that all of these services should be available on every platform and competition between providers should soley dictate prices. But, what do I know? I hate sports altogether and wouldn't be caught dead bothering to watch a game of any kind.
     
  14. finaldiet

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    The government should stay out of it. The government broke up industries because they said it would help the consumer, for instance, the trucking and telephone companies. Now you see the Ma Bells buying up those smaller Bells and getting right back to where thay started. It you want a law, how about one making lawyers ineligible to run for congress.:D
     
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    That analogy makes absolutely no sense!! Has nothing to do with what I said!
    I was just saying that someone has to speak for these people and have MLB look at what they're doing!

    But since you went there!

    First of all the local goverments decide what cable co. can operate in a given locality, so they are already telling people what tv service they have to buy, if they can't get a sat signal! =(goverment restricting consumer choice)

    MLB opperates on an anti-trust exemption from congress!
    Another goverment sanctioned monopoly restricting consumer choice!

    I'd rather not see the goverment getting involved (all things being equal) but all things aren't!!
     
  16. jpl

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    I agree, and I would take it one step further. Get rid of that ridiculous legalized monopoly status of MLB. Not saying that another league would automatically spring up - but if the leage is good enough, then you'll see them respond to the competition. Look at the NFL. I still remember when the USFL league started... and foundered. Like anything else, competition either makes you stronger, or makes you gone. Either way the consumer ends up with a better product at the end of the day. That monopoly status, btw, is one reason why Congress feels that they can just step in and do this kind of stuff. It's the reason they were able to hold hearings on steroid use by baseball players. It's the reason they feel justified in doing this. Their take is "we're giving you carte blanche... so we get to decide the terms."
     
  17. Dolly

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    Oh I would love to see that :love1: :smoking: :lol: It won't ever happen :(
     
  18. Dolly

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    Is anyone else getting as sick of this story as I am? :barf:
     
  19. DonCorleone

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    Which story?
    * Congress interfering in corporate America?
    * Taxpayer dollars being wasted on Kerry et al holding hearings so they can hear themselves talk?
    * FOX not letting us see games on Saturdays?
     
  20. DCSholtis

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    Hearing about the Tennis Channel? :D
     
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