After getting hit with two class-action anti-trust suits over the summer, DirecTV and the NFL got smacked with another one Friday, with bars in Oakland, Calif., New York and Arizona filing a complaint in U.S. District Court in New York.
The plaintiffs operate venues including Bounce Sporting Club in Manhattan, Pedal Haus Brewery in Arizona and Gringo Star Street Bar in Arizona. They claim DirecTV and the NFL are charging "exorbitant prices" of up to $359 a season.
"Bars, restaurants, hotels and other commercial establishments have it even worse," the lawsuit said. "Limited to only one source for the football programming that many of their customers demand, commercial establishments pay anywhere from $1,458 per year to more than $120,000 per year -- as much as 10 times more than they pay for other sports packages.