Monday, January 23, 2012

Stadium subsidy, NFL blackout critics join forces

Could a pair of movements designed to attach strings to stadium subsidies be gaining momentum in the state capital?

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, announced today his bill to ban blackouts in taxpayer-funded stadiums (SB 836) was adopted in the Senate Community Affairs Committee. It was amended onto SB 816 from State Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, a bill that would require taxpayer-funded stadiums to operate as homeless shelters on non-game days.

"I thank Senator Bennett for his desire to assist the fans of professional sports by offering to amend his bill with the blackout ban language," Senator Fasano said in a statement. "With the unanimous support of the committee I look forward to this good bill moving forward."

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