State Legislature Discussing Big Ten & NFL Network

In the next four weeks, both the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers will play crucial football games, but on networks that may be hard to find for many fans.

Now the state legislature is offering a bill to make the Big Ten Network and the NFL Network available on more cable networks across Wisconsin.

The proposal would set up a system that would allow an arbitrator to settle any disputes between sports networks and cable companies.

Many major cable networks are not carrying either network. Wisconsin's Saturday game at Ohio State is on the Big 10 Network while the Packers' November game at Dallas is available only on the NFL Network.

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  • by Packer Location: Forever on Oct 31, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    What a nonsense. Ha-ha-ha. It is available, just insist cable company will buy it.
  • by John Location: Sheets on Oct 31, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    It's not a 'satellite' based thing. It's a network that's available to EVERY distributor, cable included. If your service doesn't carry it, your beef should be with them. Their job is to provide you with the programming you enjoy. Obviously, they are failing.
  • by Heather Location: Eau Claire on Oct 31, 2007 at 12:45 AM
    I feel that football is for the fans, and being that the Packers' are owned by the city and state, no one shouldn't be putting restrictions on what games we can watch. Not to mention that the game they chose to be restricted is a match up that fans haven't seen in over 7 years. I would have to say that this is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. NFL network is a satellite based thing for a way to get people to buy satellite, I shouldn't have to suffer because I don't want to pay for satellite. This is wrong, bottom line.
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