Dems attack football blackout
Democrats are pretty inconsistent on their criticism of cumbersome regulations.
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Lawmakers are pushing back against the NFL’s plans to black out a football game on Sunday.
Local fans in Buffalo, N.Y., won’t be able to watch Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins on television. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) say that shows the need to put an end to current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules.
“The game will be played here in Buffalo on Sunday, but hundreds of thousands of people will be denied access to the game because of this rule that the FCC has determined to be outdated and obsolete,” Higgins, who represents the Buffalo area, said.
The NFL requires local broadcast TV stations to black out football games if the local team can’t sell out the stadium. Current FCC rules then prevent other TV companies, like cable and satellite providers, from showing the game.
The policy has been a sore spot for fans and has had a disproportionate impact on smaller teams with large stadiums, advocates of reform say. The home stadium for the Buffalo Bills, for instance, seats about 73,000 fans — 6,000 more than the league average. Buffalo, however, is the second smallest market in the league.