If you're an NFL fan, there's a good chance you have or previously have used NFL Sunday Ticket.
The DIRECTV service allows fans to watch every NFL game each Sunday as long as they are not in an area where a local game is being blacked out. This is the primary method of watching games wherever you are in the U.S., and that's got some people in an uproar.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the NFL and DIRECTV are being sued over their use of Sunday Ticket because it forces consumers to purchase every game and not individual games.
A class action attacking the Sunday Ticket package was filed Wednesday in California. PFT has obtained a copy of the complaint filed by Thomas Abrahamian against the NFL, DirecTV, and related defendants.
The lawsuit accuses the NFL and DirecTV of violating federal antitrust laws by requiring consumers to purchase all Sunday afternoon out-of-market games, even if the customer wants to see the out-of-market games for one team only.
There's a good argument to be made for fans having the right to purchase a certain amount of games to watch and not being forced to buy all of them. If I lived in California (like our own Anthony Cosenza or Cody Tewmey) and wanted to watch Bengals games, I shouldn't be forced to pay for every single game on Sunday Ticket just to watch Cincinnati play.
That's essentially the basis of this lawsuit. Hopefully, something does come of this that allows fans a cheaper option of watching their favorite team that doesn't require them to shell out $200+ for Sunday Ticket.