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.
What is Sports Fans Coalition?
Sports Fans Coalition is a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization founded in 2009 and based in Washington, D.C. It is the largest grassroots consumer advocacy organization devoted to representing sports fans wherever public policy and sports ...
What is Sports Fans Coalition NY?
SFCNY is a non-profit organization devoted to providing local broadcast signals for free or at cost to viewers in New York and other select cities as an answer to the high cost of watching TV, or the unavailability of free, over-the-air broadcast ...
Why is Sports Fans Coalition NY providing Locast?
Local news, weather, and sports on free over-the-air broadcast are meant to be seen by the public. The airwaves used by broadcasters (for free) are a public resource. Sports stadiums and arenas often are built with taxpayer money or other public ...
What will Sports Fans Coalition do with my personal information?
The most important thing we do is make sure that you are within one of the Market Areas that we serve, and therefore eligible to receive the digital translator service. In addition, we ask your permission to be able to send you updates about the ...
Do commercial broadcasters still make money from my watching their station, and can public broadcasters still raise contributions?
Yes. Local commercial broadcasters make money by selling advertising and their advertising rates depend on audience ratings. Using existing technology and reporting services, broadcasters can measure how many people are watching their programming ...