God bless! Sen. Fasano files bill that would ban TV blackouts of sporting events

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Poor attendance at local sporting events would not allow professional franchises to black out games if the team or the league receives any money from the state under a measure filed Friday by a Tampa Bay area lawmaker, reports the News Service of Florida. The measure, SB 836, by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, would place a $125,000 fine for each violation..The NFL blacks out games not sold out 72 hours prior to kick-off. They are typically not available for non-subscription network broadcasts, usually within a 75-mile radius. Baseball’s blackout policy generally gives precedence to local television and radio stations. Proceeds from the fines would be earmarked to buy tickets for foster children or other non-profit organizations working with kids. Florida has been paying subsidies to professional sports franchises since 1991.

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