Did the National Football League strongarm broadcast networks and affiliates to purchase blocks of game tickets in order to avoid local blackouts during the 2013 season and to curry political favor?
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Latching onto the impending TV blackout of the Bills-Dolphins game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) took the opportunity to push for legislation to stop sports blackouts for good.
The Federal Communications Commission officially set in motion late Wednesday a proposal to end the 40-year-old rule preventing a cable or satellite operator from carrying a National Football League game blacked out on local TV.
Never underestimate a lawmaker’s desire to make sure football games get aired in his market. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), two lawmakers who have been outspoken on sports blackouts, are co-sponsoring a bill to decrease the frequency of local blackouts.
No one can ever say that acting Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Mignon Clyburn was a benchwarmer during the six months she served as acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. On Thursday and Friday, her final two days heading up the FCC, Clyburn circulated a number of rulemakings, including a proposal to end the sports blackout rule.