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Bringing the Public Interest Back to Sports

Just like real estate, sports are all about location, location, location. There is nothing more local than your sports team; whether it’s your pro, minor, or youth team, sports provide pride to your community. It’s with that in mind that SFC is proud to announce the incorporation of Sports Fans Coalition New York, our first separate local chapter. SFCNY is based in New York City and will be tackling all the issues that plague the country’s largest sports market. Continue reading

A Yellow Card for Unsportsmanlike Behavior on USSF

It's been almost a century since women earned the right to vote. Yet, the United States Soccer Federation didn't quite get the memo. Continue reading

Is There Room in the House of Mouse?

Beyond protests, tax reform, or player injuries, our biggest concern this football season has been big media mergers that stand to harm our ability to watch the games we love. We were concerned with the proposed AT&T/Time Warner merger. We're even more concerned with the havoc Sinclair/Tribune will wreak on sports fans. But now, an even bigger behemoth is taking the field, the Mouse of Media, Disney. Continue reading

Save the Sportscasters, Save the World

The pending merger between Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media poses a severe threat to the ability of sports fans to watch games across the country, including blacking out signals during fee negotiations with cable and satellite providers to strong-arm a deal. Continue reading

SFC Asks FTC to Reopen Investigation

Yesterday, along with National Consumers League and Consumers Action, we sent a letter to the FTC asking to reopen an investigation into fraud rampant through the ticket resale industry. “We are calling on the FTC to revisit the 2014 settlement, and broaden the scope of its investigation to cover other domain networks, increase punitive damages on these bad actors, and take more aggressive remedial actions to stop these websites from scamming consumers in the future,” read the letter. Continue reading

What Happens in Vegas May Not Stay in Vegas

Do you make the safe bet? Take the risk on the underdog? Or, do you live in a state that doesn’t allow sports betting? Likely you fit into the latter category. But all this could change with the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision about a federal statute governing sports betting: Christie v. NCAA. Continue reading

Save Mall Ball

Last week, the unthinkable happened. Months into a turf restoration project, the National Park Service announced its plan to shun sports from the green space along the National Mall between 3rd and 17th Streets Northwest. Continue reading

GOP Tax Bill May Raise College Ticket Prices

As an organization, we hold many mixed feelings concerning the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We’ve already expressed some concerns about its impact on middle and lower-income fans. Since these folks represent a vast majority of sports fans, we have trouble wholeheartedly supporting the legislation. Continue reading

A Legal Block in the Back

It’s rare an NFL owner will target the NFL itself. However, Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, has had enough of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Continue reading

Statement on HR 1

Earlier this week, House Republicans introduced HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They hope these tax cuts will stimulate the economy. Within in the bill is a provision, Section 3604, that effectively eliminates the federal tax subsidy for sports stadiums. When we received the news, we were happy to see lawmakers addressing this wasteful practice. The section is based on a standalone bill we've been advocating for called the "No Tax Subsidies for Stadiums Act." This bill has bipartisan support from several Democrats and Republicans.  Continue reading