November 6, 2009 |
DirecTV Group Inc., the largest U.S. satellite-television provider, posted third-quarter sales that beat analysts' estimates, helped by demand for its high-definition and digital-video-recording services. Revenue jumped 9.7% to $5.47 billion, the El Segundo company said. That beat the $5.4-billion average estimate of analysts in a Bloomberg survey. The company gained 136,000 U.S. subscribers. More people bought and kept DirecTV's exclusive programming and premium products, such as the NFL Sunday Ticket, HD and DVR services.
March 24, 2009 |
Tennessee Titans running back LenDale White famously stomped a Terrible Towel into the ground last season. This season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will get a chance to reply. The Steelers will play host to the Titans on Thursday Sept. 10 in the 2009 kickoff opener, the NFL announced Monday, pitting the defending Super Bowl champions and the team that finished the 2008 regular season with a league-best 13-3 record.
December 12, 2002 |
DirecTV Inc. will triple what it pays to the National Football League starting next year to renew its exclusive rights to the "NFL Sunday Ticket" package of games, sources said. The increase to $400 million through 2007 makes it one of the biggest increases in sports rights fees in recent years -- and threatens to saddle DirecTV with a money loser. DirecTV and the NFL announced Wednesday that a deal had been reached but did not disclose the price.
November 1, 2002 |
DirecTV is in the middle of an ownership mess but it appears that the company will retain exclusive rights to "NFL Sunday Ticket." Two sources told The Times that, barring unforeseen roadblocks, there will be an announcement in the next couple of weeks on a new exclusive deal with DirecTV. It will probably run through the 2005 season, after which the NFL's contracts with ABC, CBS, Fox and ESPN expire. DirecTV's current exclusive "NFL Sunday Ticket" deal expires after this season.
June 22, 2002
Great. Another victory for the politicians that "represent" Los Angeles. Mark Ridley-Thomas and other enlightened members of the City Council are again playing the Coliseum card, further delaying the return of the NFL, if it returns at all. Let's check the scorecard. The Anschutz group rolls out a plan for a state-of-the-art stadium that, like Staples Center, would revitalize downtown and get fans excited again. Plus, league officials have made it clear that the Coliseum is no longer a viable NFL option.
September 10, 1999 |
On the field, such National Football League stars as Steve Young, Brett Favre and Dan Marino enjoy reputations as keen competitors who keep their eyes on the end zone. But the quarterbacks were all playing for the same team early this summer when DirecTV enlisted a handful of athletes for commercials promoting its NFL Sunday Ticket programming. When El Segundo-based DirecTV's commercials began running in August, players were clad in official NFL jerseys, and the advertising campaign was chock-full of the league's distinctive trademarks.