Sports Broadcast Blackouts and Antitrust Exemptions

Witnesses testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on S. 1721, a bill that would eliminate the “sports blackout rule” enforced by the… read more

Witnesses testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on S. 1721, a bill that would eliminate the “sports blackout rule” enforced by the Federal Communications Commission that allows sports leagues to restrict local broadcasts of games that are not sold out. Senator John McCain, the co-sponsor of the legislation, was the first witness. Much of the hearing focused on the National Football League’s blackout practices as opposed to other sports. Witnesses in favor of eliminating the blackout policy said the practice is outdated since the NFL gets most of its revenue from licensing agreements with the networks. The NFL attorney in favor of the policy argued the economic benefits to communities where more fans attend the games, and stated that the league wants a balance of maximizing the live experience with a filled stadium, which he says adds to the enjoyment of television viewers. close

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323059-1
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Senate Committee
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Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Dec 04, 2014 | 10:18am EST | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Dec 10, 2014 | 7:32am EST | C-SPAN 3

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  • Dec 04, 2014 | 10:18am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 04, 2014 | 10:30am EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 04, 2014 | 11:24am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 04, 2014 | 11:30am EST | C-SPAN RADIO
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  • Dec 05, 2014 | 5:13pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 06, 2014 | 9:00pm EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 08, 2014 | 10:01pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 08, 2014 | 10:18pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 09, 2014 | 3:42am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 09, 2014 | 3:59am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 10, 2014 | 7:15am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 10, 2014 | 7:32am EST | C-SPAN 3
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