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NFL Settles Case Over TV Games

May 31, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Fans who had been required to buy a full season of games on NFL Sunday Ticket satellite TV package will now be able to purchase them on a week-by-week basis.

The new policy is the result of a class-action lawsuit against the NFL that was settled last week.

Under the agreement, which will cost the NFL more than $13 million in payments to subscribers, legal fees and administrative costs, a subscriber can purchase individual weeks for $29.99 each for the next two years _ the last two years of the existing contract. A season package costs $169.99.

The suit was filed in 1997 as a class action. The two named plaintiffs will receive $1,000 each, while their lawyers will receive $3.7 million. Other subscribers will get between $8.33 and $20.83 in individual payments.

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