/// Lawmakers Use Impending Blackout of Miami-Buffalo Game to Push Blackout Law

December 20, 2013  |  Media Week

Latching onto the impending TV blackout of the Bills-Dolphins game in Buffalo on Sunday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) took the opportunity to push for legislation to stop sports blackouts for good. Even though Sunday’s game would be only the second blackout of the 2013 NFL season—the first was the Week 13 Bengals-Chargers game in San Diego—past years have seen more than a dozen blackouts. That said, the issue tends to disproportionately impact fans in the two aforementioned markets. Going back to the final month of the 2012 NFL campaign, Buffalo and San Diego have accounted for five of the the league’s eight blacked-out telecasts. An estimated 15,000 seats at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium remain unsold. “This blackout is exhibit A for why we need to abolish the antitrust exemptions for teams that black out games,”

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