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Brown is far from the first lawmaker to complain about the blackout rule. Late last year, in fact, Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D Conn., and John McCain, R Ariz., introduced the Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act. Rep. Under the legislation, the FCC’s blackout rules would be eliminated, and sports leagues would lose some of
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Brown also made one additional point that is worth mentioning, saying, "Fans, through local taxes, often help pay for the stadiums. They should be able to cheer on their local teams, especially during the playoffs." And it’s true that nearly every NFL team has, in one way or another, benefited from public subsidies for stadium construction. The league itself is also a tax exempt organization.

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