Congressman Higgins, Sports Fans Coalition, Buffalo Fan Alliance join Commissioner Pai for Announcement Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai will join Congressman Brian Higgins as well as local and national sports fans associations to make an announcement about longstanding federal rules that require certain sporting events to be blacked out to local fans. Who: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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