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: May 10, 2013, 09:30:43 AM

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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

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

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#1 : May 10, 2013, 09:45:33 AM

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

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#2 : May 10, 2013, 10:44:35 AM

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


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#3 : May 10, 2013, 10:47:01 AM

Blackouts should (edit: shouldn't) happen in cities that use tax dollars to build and/or renovate stadiums.
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#4 : May 10, 2013, 10:52:06 AM

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

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#5 : May 10, 2013, 10:56:21 AM

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

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.

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#6 : May 10, 2013, 10:56:21 AM

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


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#7 : May 10, 2013, 10:58:56 AM

Kudos to Sen. McCain.

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#8 : May 10, 2013, 11:06:33 AM

Blackouts should happen in cities that use tax dollars to build and/or renovate stadiums.
why


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#9 : May 10, 2013, 11:11:10 AM

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

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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#10 : May 10, 2013, 11:41:19 AM

In my opinion, taxpayers receive a return on their investment through the jobs provided by having an NFL franchise in their city - restaurants, bars, hotels, taxis all make more business by having a team in TB/STP area.

Forcing to owners to give away their product for free (televising non-sellout games) is like forcing airlines to give away free seats to taxpayers because they paid for an airport.

I wouldn't pay for season tickets if they broadcast all home games on the tube. Why would I?

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#11 : May 10, 2013, 11:46:05 AM

Blackouts should happen in cities that use tax dollars to build and/or renovate stadiums.
why

...meant shouldn't...sorry

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#12 : May 10, 2013, 11:50:36 AM

A politician looking out for the average person. About time. Not everyone can afford to go to the way over priced games. If the stadiums were privately financed i would be all for blackouts.

I have season tickets because i love tailgating and being live at the stadium. Nothing better than NFL gamedays at the stadium....If your fortunate to afford it.

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#13 : May 10, 2013, 11:52:25 AM

In my opinion, taxpayers receive a return on their investment through the jobs provided by having an NFL franchise in their city - restaurants, bars, hotels, taxis all make more business by having a team in TB/STP area.

Forcing to owners to give away their product for free (televising non-sellout games) is like forcing airlines to give away free seats to taxpayers because they paid for an airport.

I wouldn't pay for season tickets if they broadcast all home games on the tube. Why would I?

That is so far from the truth like the trickle down economics debate. Home games happen what eight times a year minus playoffs. If restaurants, bars, hotels, etc had to rely on that the off season would cause them to shut down or be in the black. And how are owners giving games away for free when they have multi-million dollar TV contracts? Is there something I'm missing?

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#14 : May 10, 2013, 11:57:31 AM

So you're saying there's no worthwhile economic benefit from having a team in a city (jobs, taxes, tourism)?
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