Sen. Tammy Baldwin says thousands of Wisconsinites can’t watch Packers on TV

In the shadow of Lambeau Field, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin told a small group of supporters that due to broadcast rules, thousands of Green Bay Packers fans across the state are unable to regularly view the games.

“400,000 Wisconsinites are subject to arcane broadcasting rules that keep the Packers off their TV screen,” she said.

For people in much of the state, especially in the city of Green Bay itself, Sunday or Monday NFL games can be viewed on cable, satellite and broadcast TV. However, Baldwin said people who live in broadcast markets that border other states, like Illinois, Minnesota, or Michigan sometimes cannot see their home team.

“Just look at last season. In week 13, the Packers were set to play a game with major playoff implications,” Baldwin said, adding that fans were let down. “Especially in northwestern Wisconsin from Pierce to Douglas to Iron County, they could not find the Packers, but the Vikings were playing on their television sets.”

She’s hoping to change that with her new “Go Pack Go” bill.

If approved, the “Go Pack Go” bill would affect satellite and cable viewers in 13 counties. People who get their signal over the air would not be covered.

Read more at Wisconsin Public Radio.