Apple was once thought to be the frontrunner to acquire the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, but negotiations ultimately fell apart and The path to success is YouTube's ability to acquire the rights starting this year.
Meanwhile, the NFL is embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over closed-door rights negotiations for Sunday Ticket, but Apple says it doesn't want any part in the lawsuit .
As first reported earlier this year, the NFL is fighting a $6 billion class action lawsuit that accuses the company of artificially driving up the cost of Sunday's ticket The case is divided into two separate categories: one involving complaints from businesses such as bars and restaurants, and the other involving complaints from individual consumers, Sunday Ticket subscribers.
Through a class action lawsuit, the NFL is being forced to reveal why Sunday Ticket's negotiations with companies like Apple and Amazon fell apart. In particular, the plaintiffs raised concerns about why there were so few documents detailing the negotiations between Apple and the NFL.
To shed more light on these negotiations, Apple received a subpoena calling on Apple Vice President Services Eddie Cue will testify in the case. As head of Apple Services, Cue was a central figure in Apple's negotiations with the NFL.
However, Apple does not believe Cue should play a role in the class action lawsuit. Apple is not a named party in the case, but the plaintiffs want Cue to provide details about Apple's negotiations with the NFL over the Sunday Ticket, including details about why those negotiations appear to have collapsed at the eleventh hour.
In a new document this week, as noted by Reuters, Apple rejected attempts to force Q to testify in the case. Apple claims Q's questioning would be “overly burdensome.” In addition, Apple's lawyers say that the plaintiffs in the case are seeking “irrelevant, disproportionate and confidential information.”
Requiring Q to testify and disclose such information, in Apple's opinion, is not necessary. “Plaintiffs fail to establish that Mr. Cue has unique, non-repetitive knowledge of the facts of the underlying litigation,” Apple's lawyers wrote.
Apple's success in its efforts to prevent Cue's testimony remains unknown. to see. It seems that convincing Q to take a position in a case where Apple is not explicitly named as a party will be difficult. However, crazier things have happened.
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