(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement on the National Football League’s (NFL) announcement that it will suspend its blackout rule for the 2015 football season:
“This decision to suspend the blackout policy for the upcoming NFL season is a major victory for the millions of sports fans and consumers across the country, and it brings us one step closer to eliminating this anti-fan measure once and for all. This antiquated, anti-consumer rule has for too long served only to protect the NFL’s bottom line at the expense of sports fans.”
In 2013, Senator Blumenthal, with his Senate colleague John McCain (R-Ariz.), introduced legislation to permanently eliminate the blackout rule.