Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today asking the league to revise its new blackout policy. The letter praises the NFL’s step to adopt a new policy, which came after months of pressure from the three, as well as from Sports Fans Coalition, but expresses concern about the way the new policy works. The new policy requires that 50% of any ticket revenue over the blackout threshold (whether it be 85% or some number up to 100%) goes to visiting teams rather than the status quo of 34%. This means that if teams set the bar too low, they will give away more revenue to the league, which is why several teams that have had blackout issues (including the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers) have indicated they won’t use the new policy
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