ACA's concerns with the inflated cost of sports programming go back many years, with an emphasis on the inability of pay-TV subscribers to avoid paying for sporting events they never view. ACA is also concerned about the impact on monthly cable bills, and cite outdated government regulations as part of the problem.
"If CBS, NBC and FOX want to risk billions in their dealings with the NFL, that's their business. But broadcasters should not be able to rely on the government's broken retransmission consent and cable carriage rules as the means for them to recoup the cost of their corpulent NFL contracts," Polka said.
Polka encouraged political leaders to consider new solutions that will expand consumer choice in meaningful ways.
"Congress and the Federal Communications Commission need to throw a flag, because rules and regulations shouldn't force consumers to bear the burden of broadcasters' profligate spending, which will surely enrich NFL owners and players just as much as it will impoverish all pay-TV subscribers, particularly those who will never watch an NFL game," Polka said.
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