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senate Bill S. 2414

Do TV Blackouts of Pro Sports Games Need to be Stopped?

Argument in favor

Fans deserve to be able to watch their team’s games live, even when they’re playing at home. Pro sports leagues and broadcasters need to ensure that happens, and this bill requires them to stop TV blackouts of home games in the host team’s media market.

Gary's Opinion
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11/07/2016
Really? Congress can't make budget but they can find the for this?
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David's Opinion
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11/12/2016
It is time to end the NFL's antitrust exemption relating to showing sports games. There is no justification for keeping it.
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Scott's Opinion
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11/04/2016
It's unfair to consumers and fans and restricts competition.
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Argument opposed

There’s a reason professional sports games get blacked out, and that’s because the home team’s stadium didn’t sell out. Sports franchises and broadcasters should be able to encourage in-person attendance by blacking out games that don’t sell out.

Loraki's Opinion
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09/13/2016
Not the federal government's business! If enough of We the People truly want an end of blackouts, we can bring great pressure to bear by exercising our own "power of the purse". Both the sport franchises and the television industry depend on the money we are willing to spend on their goods and services. Also, people can mobilize public opinion through letters, petitions, rallies, protests, etc., if the matter is something that they care enough about.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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09/12/2016
I am livid that this is even being brought up as a Bill. It's called priorities and the sports leagues are not a priority right now. Figure out how to cut spending, not create more! Did all politicians not get an allowance when they were kids so they could learn how to manage money?
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B.R.'s Opinion
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09/13/2016
With all that is going on in this country and the issues that need to be addressed, Congress should be ashamed of themselves for presenting this bill.
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    Not the federal government's business! If enough of We the People truly want an end of blackouts, we can bring great pressure to bear by exercising our own "power of the purse". Both the sport franchises and the television industry depend on the money we are willing to spend on their goods and services. Also, people can mobilize public opinion through letters, petitions, rallies, protests, etc., if the matter is something that they care enough about.
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    I am livid that this is even being brought up as a Bill. It's called priorities and the sports leagues are not a priority right now. Figure out how to cut spending, not create more! Did all politicians not get an allowance when they were kids so they could learn how to manage money?
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    With all that is going on in this country and the issues that need to be addressed, Congress should be ashamed of themselves for presenting this bill.
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    Terrorism. Government Dissatisfaction. The Economy. Gun Control. Unemployment. Jobs. Crime. Violence. Immigration. National Security. Poverty. Hunger. Homelessness. Race Relations. Yeah, lets go ahead and worry more about what Pro Sports Games may or may not be on a blackout list than anything that might actually matter.
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    Government should stay out of it.
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    Really? Congress can't make budget but they can find the for this?
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    The federal government has no business whatsoever in this private business decision!
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    While I enjoy the games, I too have been "blacked out" from seeing my favorite team. But let's not go overboard and use government force. The FCC would love to bully the NFL or any other league. Allow the state to control this problem with local votes, not the iron fist of the federal bureaucracy.
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    Use antenna TV and then cable or satellite programers won't stand a chance to block local sports. ESPN is not your answer.
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    It is time to end the NFL's antitrust exemption relating to showing sports games. There is no justification for keeping it.
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    Is this what congress is wasting their time on?
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    This is just supid why are these even issues that are waisting time? No wonder our government can't get a budget passed.
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    I believe that the government should end blackouts, but why is this even important?
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    The government shouldn't be in the sports business to start with. End the monopolies in sports and the problem will solve itself.
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    WHY ARE YOU TAKING TIME ON A MATTER LIKE THIS WHEN THERE ARE OTHER MORE IMPORTANT BUSINESS TO TAKE CARE OF,
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    We're trillions of dollars in debt, and some moron is making THIS a priority!?!?!?
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    It's unfair to consumers and fans and restricts competition.
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    WTF ???? Why the hell would this trivial shit be sitting with the congress of the United States. PRIORITIES people Please.
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    When stadiums are paid for without tax dollars we can talk
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    This is beneath local governments. Federal government has way more important matters to deal with.
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