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Rupert Murdoch's News Corp scandal could mean trouble for U.S. sports partners

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp scandal could mean trouble for U.S. sports partners
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS

The National Football League lockout may be winding down but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the 31 franchise owners and the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors may be facing a much bigger problem in the very near future if Rupert Murdoch's media business problems in England spread across the Atlantic and hit News Corp properties in the United States.

Murdoch has taken a financial hit which has forced him to buy back a significant share of his company's stock. In the case of the National Football League and Major League Baseball, he doesn't have cable subscriber fees to help pay off the licensing fees to show games on over-the-air television. His cable TV properties have no such problems in that most of the ones that pay huge rights fees to teams are on the basic expanded tier which means all of the people who get basic expanded are paying for what a few watch. It is cable TV socialism that makes Rupert Murdoch's business work, a cable TV socialism bill in the form of a 1984 piece of Congressional legislation signed into law by President Ronald Reagan allows the bundling of cable channels to be sold as one to consumers.

The 1984 cable television legislation seems to be at complete odds with the free market principles espoused by Murdoch's news and financial channels but Murdoch is all about money, not ideology.

 

U.S. vs. Japan: Nelly the Elephant picks World Cup winner

U.S. vs. Japan: Nelly the Elephant picks World Cup winner
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Nelly, the 18-month-old elephant may have been a psychic pachyderm in picking Japan to win over Germany in the Women’s World Cup. But it’s not a crystal ball she...

New Jersey's best look to tackle soccer world Sunday

New Jersey's best look to tackle soccer world Sunday
BY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING

Sunday when the U.S. meets Japan in the Women's World Cup final four Garden State residents will wear the red, white and blue looking to bri...

Privacy, civility and Derek Jeter’s decision to skip the 2011 MLB All-Star Game

Privacy, civility and Derek Jeter’s decision to skip the 2011 MLB All-Star Game
BY RICHARD A. LEE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

I don't care that Derek Jeter decided not to take part in this year's Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Sure, it would have been great to watch Jeter play in th...

Deron Williams revives NBA players' interest in Europe

Deron Williams revives NBA players' interest in Europe
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS

It has been 36 years since high school, college, and the NBA had a legitimate choice when it came to where they wanted to play pro...

Tennessee Titans' Kenny Britt gets court date during NFL season

Tennessee Titans' Kenny Britt gets court date during NFL season
BY ALICIA CRUZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey native and Tennessee Titans wide receiver, Kenny Britt appeared before a Hoboken Municipal Court Judge Tuesday following his arrest last month at a Hoboke...

Carli Lloyd says U.S. will be ready for France in World Cup semifinals

Carli Lloyd says U.S. will be ready for France in World Cup semifinals

Midfielder leads group of five from New Jersey on women’s World Cup team that beat Brazil in spectacular fashion

BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The U.S. Women’s Soccer team seems to star with s...

L.A. Angels give N.J. teenager Mike Trout shot in Majors

L.A. Angels give N.J. teenager Mike Trout shot in Majors
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The last teenager who played major league baseball was Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, who hit .221 in 140 at-bats in 2007. Upton was 23 days away from tu...

Interview with The Big Lead founder, Jason McIntyre

Interview with The Big Lead founder, Jason McIntyre
BY JERRY MILANI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Just over a year ago, an announcement sent shock waves through the digital sports world. Jason McIntyre, a former writer at The Record, had sold his site, The Big ...

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