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DirecTV's Daniel York brought hardball tactics to Dodgers channel negotiations

DirecTV's Daniel York brought hardball tactics to Dodgers channel negotiations

When the Weather Channel’s carriage contract came up for renewal nearly three years ago, DirecTV’s chief content officer demanded the small network slash its programming fees by 75%. After the Weather Channel refused, DirecTV abruptly replaced it with a lesser-known programming service — confusing viewers who suddenly couldn’t find their favorite meteorologist on TV.

It was a vintage hardball tactic by Daniel York, one of the most powerful executives in television who is at the center of a federal lawsuit alleging  collusion among television companies that prevented tens of thousands of baseball fans from...

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