Don’t Take Away Our Games, Group Tells FCC

The Sports Fans Coalition — which bills itself as “the American sports fan’s advocate in the D.C. public policy arena” — has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prohibit broadcasters from pulling signals, or blocking access to sporting events, during retransmission-consent disputes with cable operators.

Such a prohibition would be in the public’s interest, the group argued, and the best solution for fans, whose tax money often helps build sports stadiums.

Earlier this year, Suddenlink joined several other companies and organizations to ask the FCC to update the rules on retransmission consent — including a requirement that broadcast signals not be taken away from consumers during disputes.