Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is calling for the FCC to eliminate its sports blackout rule. See Blumenthal’s letter to the FCC.

Blumenthal joins Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and several public interest groups, including League of Fans, in supporting the campaign to end sports blackouts on television. The campaign was kicked off by the Sports Fans Coalition.

“For all the positive benefits that sports provide, it is therefore unfortunate that some fans are unable to watch their teams compete,” wrote Blumenthal in his letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.

“Blackouts are unfair to fans. Indeed, blackouts are highly anti-consumer, whether they are the result of a league policy or an agreement — or lack of agreement — between networks and content owners. This behavior is especially unacceptable because fans pay high prices to watch sports, whether in the form of ticket prices, premium sports programming, or taxpayer subsidies for new stadiums.”

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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