Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2014)—Sports Fans Coalition, the largest public policy multi-issue fan advocacy organization in the U.S., warned L.A. sports fans of what could lie ahead if the U.S. Departement of Justice and Federal Communications Commission approve the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger: Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC), which today control cable systems […]
Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2014)—Sports Fans Coalition, the largest public policy multi-issue fan advocacy organization in the U.S., announced its opposition to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, citing the likely harms to sports fans’ access to sports programming and cost increases if the merger were approved. “Americans subsidize professional and collegiate […]
In comments filed at the FCC, Sports Fans Coalition, other leading public interest and fan-advocacy groups told the FCC that it was right to conclude 5-0 that the Sports Blackout Rules must go. Others joined the call to end an outdated and anti-fan regulation, including George Mason University, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and […]
There have been a lot of great articles about the NFL’s absurd blackout policy in recent weeks, but this Gregg Doyel column over at CBSSports.com is highly recommended: read here.
The last few days leading up to this weekend’s NFL playoffs revealed the arbitrary and spiteful nature of the NFL’s local blackout policy and why it’s time to end the government’s support of anti-fan blackouts. First, the league jacks up playoff ticket prices, making it difficult for every-day Americans to attend the games. Then, they […]
Huge news today for sports fans! The FCC has proposed ending the sports blackout rule, which means that Sports Fans Coalition’s long march to end the rule is almost over. We’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, here’s a statement from SFC Chairman David Goodfriend: “The American sports fan just won another round, thanks […]
As long as sports stadiums are subsidized with taxpayer dollars and sports leagues are supported by federal laws and regulations, fans should not have to endure takedowns or blackouts of their games on TV. The Video CHOICE Act, introduced today by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), takes an important step toward […]
Local TV blackouts hurt the local broadcaster, who can’t sell local ads if the game is blacked out or who often ends up buying huge blocks of unsold tickets in order to keep the game on the air. Finally, local broadcasters are starting to let their views be known. In an article about Sen. Sherrod […]
A big Sports Fans Thank You to Rep. Brian Higgins, whose district has been slammed in recent years by local blackouts of Bills games. Rep. Higgins introduced the FANS Act in the House to coincide with Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and McCain (R-AZ) introducing the bill in the Senate. Fans are being heard in the halls […]
Sports fans just scored another touchdown in the fight to end anti-fan practices by the leagues. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ) joined forces to introduce legislation today ending the leagues’ antitrust exemption for local sports blackouts and tying the remaining federal antitrust exemption to no more sports take downs during TV […]
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