Bill Cites Tax, Antitrust Perks To Ban TV Sports Blackouts

Law360, New York (November 13, 2013, 4:11 PM EST) -- A pair of U.S. senators proposed a bill Tuesday that would restrict professional sporting leagues from enacting television blackouts, saying hometown fans should be able to watch all their team's games since they support it through tax subsidies and because the broadcasts enjoy some exemptions from antitrust laws.

The Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act, proposed by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., would remove language from the Federal Communications Commission’s sports blackout rules that allows leagues to require local broadcasters to...
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