Sen. McCain introduces bill to ban sports TV blackouts
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Sen. John McCain introduces bill to ban sports game television blackouts

5/9/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - Sen. McCain introduces bill to ban sports TV blackoutsI haven't had much nice to say about Arizona Senator John McCain except for that one time he spent seven years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. But the Republican senator became a sports fan's favorite senator today. He introduced a bill in Congress called the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013 -- and it calls for, among other things, banning local television blackouts of games played in publicly funded stadiums.

The whole piece of legislation is a lengthy omnibus bill governing the practice of "bundling" cable TV channels. If lengthy omnibus bills are your kind of thing, you can read the entire bill in PDF form over at SportsFans.org.

Senator McCain's proposed bill would ban television blackouts of sports games played in publicly-funded stadiums. If you want the legalese, the bill tries "to prohibit the application of sports blackout regulations to the broadcast of a sporting event taking place in a venue the construction of which was financed, in whole or in part, by the Federal Government or a State or local government."

Blog Photo - Sen. McCain introduces bill to ban sports TV blackoutsSenator McCain will receive high-fives from sports fans nationwide for his quote to the Los Angeles Times.  "When the venue in which these sporting events take place has been the beneficiary of taxpayer funding," the senator said, "it is unconscionable to deny those taxpayers who paid for it the ability to watch the games on television when they would otherwise be available."

Amen to that, Senator McCain! Is it too late to change my vote from the 2008 Presidential Election?
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5/9/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24974 respect

Jess wrote:
Get outta here, Broncos, that's a little ridiculous.

In all seriousness, without reading what else is involved in this bill - he has a very good point where taxpayer funded stadiums are concerned. I hadn't thought of that before. I always hated blackouts but I understood they were the nature of the beast when dealing with television contracts, etc. 

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5/9/13   |   Jess   |   34503 respect

Get outta here, Broncos, that's a little ridiculous.

In all seriousness, without reading what else is involved in this bill - he has a very good point where taxpayer funded stadiums are concerned. I hadn't thought of that before. I always hated blackouts but I understood they were the nature of the beast when dealing with television contracts, etc.