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John McCain’s Football Bill

U.S. Sen. John McCain (RINO-Arizona) is proposing legislation which would subject NFL teams with taxpayer-subsidized stadiums to new television regulations. Specifically, these teams would be banned from “blacking out” games – or not televising games in local markets that have not been sold out. With the average NFL ticket running…

U.S. Sen. John McCain (RINO-Arizona) is proposing legislation which would subject NFL teams with taxpayer-subsidized stadiums to new television regulations. Specifically, these teams would be banned from “blacking out” games – or not televising games in local markets that have not been sold out.

With the average NFL ticket running nearly $80 last year, fans living through this economy “recovery” are finding it harder to attend games. In fact after peaking in 2007, the NFL has seen its attendance steadily decline in recent years (although it did experience a mild uptick in 2012).

In addition to banning blackouts, McCain’s bill – the so-called “Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013” – would also seek to limit the practice of bundling, or forcing television subscribers to buy packages of channels instead of the ones they want to watch.

Fans will no doubt love McCain’s legislation – but we oppose it. Government should have no role whatsoever in the professional sports industry – whether it be subsidizing stadiums or regulating television. The NFL is a $9.5 billion a year business. It does not need – nor should it receive – taxpayer handouts.

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18 comments

Victor May 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

HUH?? What do you call taxpayer funded stadiums? is that not a taxpayer handout to this $9.5 billion a year business? NFL is out of frigging hand. Owners, Coaches and Players are all over paid prma donna’s who make millions playing a GAME……………Put a million dollar cap on all three and see how many stay with the NFL……..you might be amazed that the majority of players would cause they dont know how to do anything eles. Hey i got a great idea lets make old has been players TV comentators; after all they know the game right? Forget about all the recent grad of legitmate Journalism schools with actual degerees in this area…Can you tell i could give a flying shit about the NFL or the majority of PRO sports for that matter.

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Victor May 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

HUH?? What do you call taxpayer funded stadiums? is that not a taxpayer handout to this $9.5 billion a year business? NFL is out of frigging hand. Owners, Coaches and Players are all over paid prma donna’s who make millions playing a GAME……………Put a million dollar cap on all three and see how many stay with the NFL……..you might be amazed that the majority of players would cause they dont know how to do anything eles. Hey i got a great idea lets make old has been players TV comentators; after all they know the game right? Forget about all the recent grad of legitmate Journalism schools with actual degerees in this area…Can you tell i could give a flying shit about the NFL or the majority of PRO sports for that matter.

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shifty henry May 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

McCain – how he came up with this proposal…………

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shifty henry May 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

McCain – how he came up with this proposal…………

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Smirks May 14, 2013 at 10:12 am

Being able to order cable TV channels a la carte? Oh shit, here comes another nail in cable’s/satellite’s coffin!

The NFL is entertainment, let it be “free market,” and for fucks sake, tax them like everyone else.

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Smirks May 14, 2013 at 10:12 am

Being able to order cable TV channels a la carte? Oh shit, here comes another nail in cable’s/satellite’s coffin!

The NFL is entertainment, let it be “free market,” and for fucks sake, tax them like everyone else.

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Crooner May 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Gee, maybe it’s got something to do with the FCC.

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Crooner May 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Gee, maybe it’s got something to do with the FCC.

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? May 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

The country’s fighting “wars” on multiple fronts, spending trillions more than it takes in, about to “regulate” around 18% of the economy via Obamacare….and Bozo the McCain Clown is legislating cable TV….

You go you megalomaniacal turd….sad thing is I’ll bet over 50% of the US voting age population is all excited over this shit.

Modern day bread and circuses my friends. Fiddling whilst Rome burns.

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Frank Pytel May 17, 2013 at 5:48 am

Spot on!! :)

My Pablum runneth over.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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? May 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

The country’s fighting “wars” on multiple fronts, spending trillions more than it takes in, about to “regulate” around 18% of the economy via Obamacare….and Bozo the McCain Clown is legislating cable TV….

You go you megalomaniacal turd….sad thing is I’ll bet over 50% of the US voting age population is all excited over this shit.

Modern day bread and circuses my friends. Fiddling whilst Rome burns.

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Frank Pytel May 17, 2013 at 5:48 am

Spot on!! :)

My Pablum runneth over.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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BeaufortTiger May 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

Agree with Smirks about taxing the NFL, and supremely disagree with your conclusion to be against a free-market bill that would end the stranglehold of cable and satellite companies from forcing “choices” down consumer throats. This bill would in fact open up the market and allow for companies to negotiate with networks to provide a la carte menus for what consumers want to watch. Right now, it is the government restricting choice.

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Frank Pytel May 17, 2013 at 5:46 am

Yeah, right. That’s what they said about Ma Bell.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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BeaufortTiger May 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

Agree with Smirks about taxing the NFL, and supremely disagree with your conclusion to be against a free-market bill that would end the stranglehold of cable and satellite companies from forcing “choices” down consumer throats. This bill would in fact open up the market and allow for companies to negotiate with networks to provide a la carte menus for what consumers want to watch. Right now, it is the government restricting choice.

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Frank Pytel May 17, 2013 at 5:46 am

Yeah, right. That’s what they said about Ma Bell.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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Knox Harrington May 18, 2013 at 6:40 am

It’s a stupid bill that’s trying to break up a massive pile of cash that these freeloading fucks have been rakin in for years.

Thomas Jefferson was spot on when he said:

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Is this not a perfect case?

Unfortunately, Americans have yet to figure out that if they want change to occur they have to implement it from their pocketbooks. Money changes everything – Corporations are very good at keeping people disinterested and forcing sides which reduces the chance for a united front.

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MrSativa May 18, 2013 at 6:40 am

It’s a stupid bill that’s trying to break up a massive pile of cash that these freeloading fucks have been rakin in for years.

Thomas Jefferson was spot on when he said:

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Is this not a perfect case?

Unfortunately, Americans have yet to figure out that if they want change to occur they have to implement it from their pocketbooks. Money changes everything – Corporations are very good at keeping people disinterested and forcing sides which reduces the chance for a united front.

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