DirecTV Offering Refunds on Sunday Ticket Package Over Sunday's Protests

Laura Christensen
September 28, 2017

This is huge news from the lone provider of NFL Sunday Ticket, a program that allows viewers to watch any Sunday afternoon NFL game whenever they want to. Another said such people could only get prorated refunds for the remainder of the season.

This year, however, DirecTV is offering an unprecedented refund for at least some subscribers who are canceling their subscription due to anger over players protesting during the national anthem.

Spokesmen for DirecTV-parent AT&T Inc.

The Wall Street Journal also spoke with some DirecTV subscribers who indicated the same.

An AT&T spokesperson declined to confirm the cancellation policy and said the company would have no numbers to share.

The NFL makes $1.5 billion a year in licensing revenue from DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package.

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"I honestly didn't think I'd get a refund", Hoffman told WSJ.

AT&T, which owns DirecTV, typically mandates fans can not cancel their subscriptions once the National Football League season starts.

In response to President Donald Trump's comments against national anthem protesters at a rally last Friday, many NFL players made a decision to attempt to make a statement against him.

The protests during the National Anthem have targeted the treatment of racial minorities, particularly police-involved shootings of African-Americans, and started with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick previous year. Trump said players who kneel or sit are "disrespecting the flag", called them "sons of b--" and said they should be fired.

When The Wall Street Journal contacted several customer service representatives, it appeared that they had varying understandings of the policy. Since then, others from around the National Football League have joined in the protest in various ways - sitting, kneeling, or raising a fist.

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