Won’t the local broadcasters sue Sports Fans Coalition NY if you don’t get their permission to stream their programming?

Won’t the local broadcasters sue Sports Fans Coalition NY if you don’t get their permission to stream their programming?

Maybe. We would like to work with the local broadcasters because we think that we are doing them a service by getting their signal to as many viewers as possible, thereby increasing their audience. We particularly want to work with New York’s local public broadcasters to find ways that they and we, as non-profits, can further our respective missions through this service.

However, if past is prologue, the broadcasters probably will try to stop us from providing this public service. When Sports Fans Coalition fought the broadcasters to end the anti-fan Sports Blackout Rule at the FCC, we learned that the industry often tries to claim that any change will result in irreparable harm. That’s what they said about ending the Sports Blackout Rule. Three years after the FCC ended that rule, however, the sky has not fallen and broadcasters are doing quite well, including with televised sports.

So stay tuned, sports and TV fans.

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