Some sports fans in Connecticut are facing a seventh straight weekend without NFL games because of a retransmission dispute between Tribune Company, which owns WTC Connecticut (Fox TV). Because Fox is the home to NFC games, many New York Giants fans in the area have missed several games. The dispute has lasted since August 24.
Fans are also missing the MLB playoffs and if the dispute continues, will miss the World Series.
“Tribune, which owns Fox CT, is holding sports fans hostage by continuing to blackout the channel, even after Cablevision agreed to pay every penny Tribune demanded,” the Cablevision company said in a written statement.
Sports Fans Coalition is fighting to end all blackouts and has filed formal comments at the FCC asking the agency to allow sports programming to remain up during these “retransmission consent” disputes. “Sports should not be used as a weapon during retransmission consent disputes,” we wrote.
Sports are often used as leverage by broadcasters during these disputes because sports games need to be seen live, unlike other forms of programming. What makes this especially egregious is the tremendous resources we give to sports leagues and the generous antitrust and tax exemptions we give sports teams and leagues.
SFC calls on Tribune Company to put back up must-see sports programming during the dispute until a resolution is reached.