Blumenthal, McCain introduce legislation to end sports blackouts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) – Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Republican U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona have re-introduced legislation that would end sports blackouts.

The legislation is called the Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act of 2015.

The lawmakers said the legislation would require sports leagues to meet certain requirements to fans in order to continue receiving benefits, including exemptions from antitrust law.

Some sports fans cannot watch their favorite teams because the games are blacked out on broadcast stations, cable networks and internet streaming platforms due to current policies.

Sen. Blumenthal and Sen. McCain said their bill would do the following: eliminate the NFL’s blackout rules; condition antitrust exemption on prohibiting sports blackouts during contract disputes between broadcasters and cable/satellite distributors; and condition antitrust exemption to making home games available on the internet.

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