Aug 28, 2014|
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Another game blacked out tonight for local Buffalo Bills fans. As the final pre season game did not sell out congressman Brian Higgins has been lobbying hard to end the blackouts is on the WB -- my congressman good morning. Are we gonna have to endure another season of this. Well hopefully. The single handedly equal recognize that the black oval it's unfair to fans support. I directly aimed directly to the tax dollars. That he mentally and by extension. When you know we talk to a couple of weeks ago with one of the FCC commissioners sheet to. Agree that the blackouts should end now with that said congressman. When do you think the FCC is going to take a vote on this. I think it will be -- your vote this September. -- -- nothing to eliminate the black couple then went into public comment period. And commissioner outcry came to buffalo to announce that he would support. An elimination of the FCC rule that requires cable companies to abide by the week's black out policy. That you can remind yourself like a policies -- mr. -- professional sport. You know all the teams can that be televised to the fast velocity two hours before the start thinking. So we you know we think it's a forty year old rule and all of the public comment has been taking there's no evidence to support. You know any financial loss on the part of -- civil war -- the -- certificates -- The question. When that they have and I think they've -- the FCC elimination of school. Will be a major step toward. And he missed like a policy altogether. -- cool does benefit from the blackout or initially when it when it. Went into place forty years ago who benefited. I guess the teams did because the teams with the writing most of their revenue from ticket -- that the longer the case now with television talent in advertising. They think these principles of marketing -- here reached frequencies so. You know why would lead one -- fans by not having. By blocking access attitude team because that's a big part. I'm building a loyal fan base success possible deals and making sure absolutely definitely has done. So I just think you know -- at the wanna be told what to do but when you consider the 75%. 75%. In the stadium improvements throughout the -- -- confined to protect our it seems to me that fans are being harmed by these antiquated policy. Had the Federal Communications Commission recognizes that and and believe in that it recognizes as well. You know on the issue of fans being harmed by this policy in the past two -- really be driven home here in buffalo congressman don't you think because. We are considered a small national football League City. And we have a stadium that's much bigger in capacity than other a big cities around the country and trying to. A sellout of pre season game is not that easy around here. That's director of the league average if for general feeling is that 67 dollars and Ralph Wilson Stadium currently. 73000. The -- -- 6000 more. Purging to a point black out. And but let you know as you know the -- figure this team's performance ahead to carry very loyal fan base. Can't and they also support. So the team through their tax dollars but -- forty adding to the economic depression or changing economics the NFL has changed. And then I get surprised with the NFL and -- -- for their own self interest. Has been limited to black out war altogether because when you really. You know do a thorough review update. There's no evidence to support the black don't rule is beneficial and there's clear evidence that is harmful analyst opinions but that is the team's bottom line so again I think it's the team whether it's legal ground at this. Sooner rather than later but I think this SEC rule elimination could be very very important in this and objectives. If the FCC does vote in September to end the black -- would it be immediate or is there another layer of votes that need. Need I need is somewhere else. The -- gonna have to come around this would this would remove the federal government's role in requiring cable companies to abide by -- black hole. So it wouldn't be eliminated altogether but we think it's a major major piece that one's that temple was eliminated this leak will be forced to. I'll look at you look at this old antiquated rule which goes back -- 1970. Tree actually. Congressman we're glad you could join us thanks for the update. Congressman Brian Higgins.