AT&T’s $49 Billion Deal for DirecTV Hangs on Football Fanatics

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Lest anyone ever doubt the nation’s passionate love of pro football, look to the tiny print of a regulatory filing AT&T made late on Sunday to acquire DirecTV. The $48.5 billion deal could fall apart if the satellite-TV company is unable to renew its NFL Sunday Ticket service, a premium package offering access to all out-of-market games for $39 per month.

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