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Bucs_Rule:

--- Quote ---Having lived in Cincinnati during the Bengals' lost years of the 1990s, I used to pray for a television blackout just for the chance to watch quality professional football.

If Sen. John McCain gets his wish, those blackouts will become obsolete. McCain introduced the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013 on Thursday, billing it as an avenue to "help shift the landscape to benefit television consumers."

The heart of the legislation is an effort to curb "bundling," which would allow customers to purchase channels on an individual basis rather than paying for packages of channels they won't watch.

McCain's bill also aims to eliminate the sports blackout rule, which prohibits local television stations from airing an NFL game that is not sold out. While that proposal has no shot of standing up in privately owned stadiums, McCain wants it implemented for any team whose stadium was funded with taxpayer dollars.

"When the venue in which these sporting events take place has been the beneficiary of taxpayer funding," McCain said, via the Los Angeles Times, "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."

As a football fan and a taxpayer, I can see the sense in McCain's logic. Unfortunately for the senator, the bill is expected to face heavy resistance from the television industry.

Stay tuned
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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000168375/article/sen-john-mccain-aims-to-eliminate-nfl-tv-blackouts

Sailing2smth:
He needs to worry about passing a federal budget and not furloughing millions of DoD employees, then maybe worry about football.

MUSCLE_HAMSTER:
If he did this 6 years ago maybe he would've won.

BucfanNC12:
Blackouts should (edit: shouldn't) happen in cities that use tax dollars to build and/or renovate stadiums.

PassThePigSkin:
Shouldn't Goodell be aiming to eliminate this issue. Wouldn't a politician have more important task to do than worry about football.
 

DejaVu:

--- Quote from: MUSCLE_HAMSTER on May 10, 2013, 10:44:35 AM ---If he did this 6 years ago maybe he would've won.

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Looking back on it, it's a damn shame he didn't win.   He was more qualified than Obama in every way and would have done a far better job.

buccaneer4ever:
Blackouts exist because of federal regulations so Senator McCain is doing his job.

Sweep:
Kudos to Sen. McCain.

MUSCLE_HAMSTER:

--- Quote from: BucfanNC12 on May 10, 2013, 10:47:01 AM ---Blackouts should happen in cities that use tax dollars to build and/or renovate stadiums.

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why

DejaVu:

--- Quote from: buccaneer4ever on May 10, 2013, 10:56:21 AM ---Blackouts exist because of federal regulations so Senator McCain is doing his job.

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Obama doesn't address this issue because he is more woman than man and has never played a sport in his life.

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