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 […]
The Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium project is a mess. Before having even broken ground on the project, the team is claiming that its $975 million budget is not enough to build the stadium they want. When asked what the team plans to do to make up for the budget shortfall, team Vice President Lester Bagley […]
Well, sports fans, we did it. After almost two years of your grass roots advocacy and lots of shoe leather worn off in the halls of the FCC by your board of directors, Sports Fans Coalition is proud to say that FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, as one of her final acts as Chair, started the […]
Thanks so much to all of our supporters who attended the 2013 Most Valuable Policymaker Awards. The event was a tremendous success and a great time was had by all. A special thank you to our honorees, Sens. John McCain and Richard Blumenthal, who both showed up and spoke passionately on behalf of fans. With […]
Sports fans in the Washington, D.C. area, please join Sports Fans Coalition on Tuesday, October 1, at 6 pm as we honor Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as our second annual “Most Valuable Policymakers.” Both of them are fighting hard to make sure fans aren’t blacked out from watching our favorite games. […]
Statement from Scott Weiss, New York/Tri-State Chapter Chair: Once again, sports fans are being treated like a political football as giant broadcast, cable, and satellite corporations battle over contract terms. This time, millions of Time Warner Cable, DISH, DirecTV and Bright House subscribers risk missing the PGA championship this weekend, not to mention NFL exhibition […]
Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stuck up for thousands of sports fans today affected by blackouts. The two senators formally called for the Federal Communications Commission to actually figure out how to address sports blackouts rather than sitting by and watching the sports leagues black out elderly, disabled and disadvantaged sports fans. As […]
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today did sports fans a huge solid by including a provision in his new telecom bill that would eliminate the sports blackout rule in stadiums that have received, in part or whole, public financing. Sports Fans Coalition applauds Sen. McCain for standing up for fans and putting an end to this […]
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