DirectTV Offering Refunds to Customers Protesting NFL Controversy
The NFL has been taking a lot of heat this week. After the entire league decided to protest by taking a knee, locking arms, or staying in their locker room during the national anthem - one broadcasting company is offering to refund their customers if they refuse to watch the games this season.
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From KHOU, DirectTV - which carries NFL Sunday Ticket and allows fans to watch multiple games around the league - is going to allow customers to cancel their services and get refunds citing the players protesting during the national anthem as a reason.
Several NFL owners along with Commissioner Roger Goodell said they supported their players’ rights to freedom of speech. However, others think it’s not a good move. The satellite TV service owned by AT&T, has been the primary provider for the NFL Sunday Ticket since 1994, and earns about $1.5 billion a year in revenue. If a large number of customers cancel their services it could hurt NFL ratings, and they've been slipping the last couple of years.
An NFL spokesman says ratings overall were up 3% for Week 3 compared to last year. The increase was also due to the fact that last year’s Monday Night Football game was competing against a presidential debate.