October 31, 2013   |No Comments

Chargers Avoid Blackout After Corporate Sponsors Buy Up Blocks of Tix

Several corporate sponsors — including local CBS station KFMB-TV — bought up the remaining tickets for tomorrow night’s San Diego Chargers-Kansas City Chiefs game, ensuring fans in Southern California will see the game. The tickets will be donated to military and youth charities. Why these corporate sponsors had to step up and buy these tickets […]

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October 30, 2013   |No Comments

NHL Executive Does Anonymous Reddit “Ask Me Anything” About the Lockout

Last week, an anonymous (and confirmed) NHL executive participated in an “Ask Me Anything” discussion on Reddit. We bring this to your attention because it offers some amazing insights into the NHL lockout negotiations. Even though the executive is on the side of ownership, he readily admits as much as tries to present both sides […]

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October 07, 2013   |No Comments

2013 Most Valuable Policymaker Awards

Thanks so much to all of our supporters who attended the 2013 Most Valuable Policymaker Awards. The event was a tremendous success and a great time was had by all. A special thank you to our honorees, Sens. John McCain and Richard Blumenthal, who both showed up and spoke passionately on behalf of fans. With […]

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September 19, 2013   |No Comments

Join Us for 2nd Annual “Most Valuable Policymaker” Awards Honoring Sens. McCain and Blumenthal!

Sports fans in the Washington, D.C. area, please join Sports Fans Coalition on Tuesday, October 1, at 6 pm as we honor Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as our second annual “Most Valuable Policymakers.” Both of them are fighting hard to make sure fans aren’t blacked out from watching our favorite games. […]

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August 06, 2013   |No Comments

Millions of Sports Fans Facing Blackout of NFL Preseason Games, PGA Championship

Statement from Scott Weiss, New York/Tri-State Chapter Chair: Once again, sports fans are being treated like a political football as giant broadcast, cable, and satellite corporations battle over contract terms. This time, millions of Time Warner Cable, DISH, DirecTV and Bright House subscribers risk missing the PGA championship this weekend, not to mention NFL exhibition […]

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June 19, 2013   |No Comments

McCain and Blumenthal Press FCC to Move on Sports Blackout Rule Decision

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stuck up for thousands of sports fans today affected by blackouts. The two senators formally called for the Federal Communications Commission to actually figure out how to address sports blackouts rather than sitting by and watching the sports leagues black out elderly, disabled and disadvantaged sports fans. […]

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May 09, 2013   |No Comments

HUGE! McCain Introduces Legislation Prohibiting TV Blackouts in Stadiums Built with Public Money

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today did sports fans a huge solid by including a provision in his new telecom bill that would eliminate the sports blackout rule in stadiums that have received, in part or whole, public financing. Sports Fans Coalition applauds Sen. McCain for standing up for fans and putting an end to this […]

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May 01, 2013   |No Comments

Forbes: Carolina Panthers Get Third-Richest Gift in NFL History

Because the current system of professional sports allows pro sports team owners to hold cities hostage, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was able to extract $87.5 million from the people of Charlotte to renovate his 17-year-old stadium. The gift came with only a six-year promise from Richardson to stay in town. That means the people […]

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March 27, 2013   |No Comments

CNN Reports on “Non-Profit”, Tax-Exempt Pro Sports Leagues

On Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported on the tax-exempt status of the NFL, NHL and MLS because they are “non-profits” and the report featured an interview with Sports Fans Coalition Board Member Brian Frederick. Brian previously wrote about this issue in a column that was read wide and far, including by those in league offices. […]

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March 13, 2013   |No Comments

Thanks to Sen. Blumenthal for Continuing to Fight Against Blackouts!

The most powerful regulators of media and communications in the U.S. heard from our Most Valuable Policymaker yesterday and the results were great for fans. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who was honored at Sports Fans Coalition’s “Most Valuable Policymaker” (MVP) awards last year, grilled FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and the other four FCC Commissioners at […]

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