November 26, 2008

Broadcasters seek Congress’ ear on sports

The broadcast industry is urging Congress not to allow major U.S. sporting events to become the exclusive domain of cable and satellite television.

The National Association of Broadcasters board has directed its staff to work with policymakers to make sure that people who only have on-air TV available to them will be able to tune in to the big games, The Hill reported Wednesday.

The newspaper said the lobbying decision was made amid reports the college Bowl Championship Series will be migrating to cable giant ESPN, leaving folks who don't have cable out in the cold.

Wharton said the issue involves publicly funded colleges.

They're saying 15 to 20 percent of society "¦ are not entitled to have access (to the games), he said. The question is whether college presidents should be complicit in this.