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McCain Praised for Standing Up to NFL

By    |   Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 10:48 AM

Arizona Sen. John McCain is drawing cheers from football fans for standing up to the National Football League on their controversial blackout policies for local games.

The league has a practice of of blacking out games on local TV when the stadium failed to sell out.
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“Unlike most politicians, McCain did not look to see which way the polls were leaning or shy away from taking on wealthy team owners and powerful leagues,” writes David Goodfriend, chairman of Sports Fans Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group, in the Arizona Republic. “He stood with fans and stood up to the NFL's outdated blackout practice.

“Fans won. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to end its "sports blackout rule" that propped up the NFL's practice. NFL owners later voted to suspend their local blackout rule altogether.”

McCain also slammed the league for holding ceremonies honoring military veterans that were thinly disguised efforts to rake in more money, Goodfriend adds..

The former prisoner of war and Republican presidential candidate pointed out that the the National Guard paid NFL teams nearly $7 million for marketing and advertising contracts, including these so-called national service promotions.

"What makes these expenditures all the more troubling is that, at the same time that the Guard was spending millions on professional sports advertising, it was also running out of money for critical training for our troops," McCain said on the floor of the U.S. Senate.. "Despite the fact that the Guard was facing serious threats to meeting its primary mission and paying its current soldiers, it was spending millions of taxpayer dollars on sponsorship and advertising deals with professional sports leagues such as the NFL."

McCain, backed by two other senators, pushed an amendment to the annual defense bill that would end this “boondoggle,” Goodfriend writes, “and call on professional sports leagues to donate any profits from these National Guard contracts to charities supporting American troops, veterans, and their families. The amendment passed.”

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