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DirecTV to pay NFL big bucks in 2011, games or not

Very interesting wrinkle on the NFL's new extended rights deal with DirecTV for "Sunday Ticket" from fellow former Newsday Giants beat writer Peter King:

King reports here that the contract calls for the NFL to get paid its $1 billion from DirecTV even if there are no games in 2011!

Nice leverage for the league in case of labor troubles a couple of years hence.

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