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U.S. Accuses AT&T, DirecTV of Collusion Over Dodgers Broadcasts

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AT&T Inc. and its DirecTV unit were sued by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly colluding with rival pay-TV services to gain leverage in negotiating for rights to televise Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games.

Dodgers games have been unavailable to many fans in Los Angeles for the last three years because DirecTV and its competitors banded together to stall licensing negotiations with SportsNet LA, which airs the team’s games, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court.