Last Saturday, almost 35 million were able to watch the Patriots clinch a perfect regular season record. But not everyone was happy with the broadcast decision:
The SANDUSKY REGISTER reports that a Ohio bar owner is suing DirecTV over paying for a game that was shown for free.
Christopher Biechele, manager of Cheers Sports Bar & Grill, claims he lost business when the Pats-Giants game was shown over the on-air networks. Originally, the matchup was only going to air on the NFL Network, until the league decided to simulcast the contest on CBS & NBC.
Although the game got high ratings, Biechele says his business suffered because of the broadcast. He claims that before this season’s Cowboys-Packers game, about 50 people were at his bar for the NFL Network-only contest. But for the Pats-Giants, only 6 people showed up at his establishment.
Biechele says he paid over $150 to DirecTV for the NFL Network subscription, and now wants some of his money back: “I’m paying for something that not everyone else is paying for, and they decided to just give the game away. It’s a frustration.”
(Outside the Cheers bar - but not the famous one in Sandusky)
The bar owner is also seeking a court order “barring DirecTV from billing subscribers for products and services for which they did not agree.”
The NFL Network - you’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t.