Bill Would End NFL Blackouts In Florida

The bill requires the state's three NFL teams to televise home games whether they are sold out or not.

A bill introduced by a Florida legislator would end NFL television blackouts in the state.

Republican State Sen. Mike Fasano of New Port Richey filed a bill (SB 836) Friday requiring Florida's three National Football League teams to televise all home games whether they're sold out or not. The NFL franchises are in Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa. The proposal applies to any teams using facilities that receive tax dollars. 

Fasano says that it's unconscionable for franchises that receive millions of tax dollars from the state to deny fans the opportunity to see their favorite teams -- especially in a weak economy. 

The NFL policy applies to stations within a 75-mile radius of where the game is played if all tickets are not sold 72 hours in advance of kickoff.

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