Bill Introduced To Curb Sports Blackouts

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are co-sponsoring a bill to decrease the frequency of local blackouts. Introduced Tuesday, the Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act of 2013 would eliminate the FCC’s sports blackout rule, but would also take away the NFL or other major league’s antitrust exemptions to collectively negotiate rights deals if they include blackout provisions in carriage deals.