Fans ask FCC to stop blackouts of sports games

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"The Commission has long treated sports programming as distinguishable from other types of programming, whether in the context of special rules, such as the sports blackout rule or merger conditions designed to prevent the anti-competitive hoarding of regional sports networks,” the filing states. 

“In this proceeding, the Commission similarly can draw the line at using sports programming as a negotiating tool.”

SportsFans.org was founded in 2009 and features sports writer Dave Zirin and Public Knowledge founder Gigi Sohn on its board of directors. The group has previously pushed for a college football playoffs system and argued against work stoppages for the NFL and other major sports leagues.