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NFL Insider® John Clayton has found himself in the middle of a fight between broadcasting company Tegna and AT&T, as the two sides once again battle it out over carriage fees. Tegna has played its trump card and yanked affiliates off Directv and UVerse, doing it Tuesday night, hours before Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was to be shown across the country on Tegna-owned CBS affiliates.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for parents who’ve yet to cut the cord and who had to explain to their children that Rudolph wouldn’t be available on their cable boxes. Tegna also owns NBC affiliates, and that’s where John Clayton comes into the picture.
He’s furious with AT&T because his wife won’t be able to watch today’s Ravens-Steelers game or his weekly TV appearance. He’s also miffed about some Sunday Ticket thing going on with his account. I’ll tell you what. Find your favorite Slayer song — I recommend “Raining Blood (Live)” at the 1:10 mark — on YouTube and press play while reading these rage tweets John has sent out.
- I see Mike Chappell is having trouble with Directv shutting off Tegna station in Indy. Same problem for me in Seattle. My wife is in wheelchair can’t watch Steelers game and my weekly appearance. Plus they quadrupled charged me last month for SundayTicket and added a fifth charge.
- On being charged four times for SundayTicket and a fifth this month I’ve been in contact with FCC. They say it’s illegal.
- I notified Directv about the new six month charge last night. They promised call back today. No call. Ready to file with FCC if I don’t hear anything in three hours.
- Seems I’m not alone with my Directv problem. Directv contact me. I need SundayTicket for my job. NFL owners need to know problems.
- Spent two hours on phone with them last night. kept me on hold 50 minutes going for account specialist.
- Just called loyalty department at att. Told them my problem. They hung up on me.
Whew. Now I need a drink and a smoke, and I don’t even smoke. The last person AT&T should’ve played games with is Professor Clayton.
Our John Clayton posing with the band Slayer might be the best thing you see on twitter today -> pic.twitter.com/H7zRbQQjxU
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 4, 2013