Martin wants rules that would give the NFL Network the ability to invoke compulsory arbitration that would likely mean it could reach many more subscribers -- and get
higher license fees -- than it can from current talks with the MSOs. But Specter says the NFL Network does not need help from the feds.
"The National Football League (NFL), owner of the NFL Network, wields tremendous power," he writes. "Indeed, I am hard-pressed to think of a commercial enterprise that similarly dominates the market that it serves; and its power continues to grow. The proposition that an enterprise with such vast market power needs the government to intervene on its behalf in business negotiations is simply untenable."