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Sen. Tammy Baldwin's bill would require Packers games to be broadcast throughout Wisconsin

Posted at 12:02 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 13:02:45-04

WASHINGTON — If you’re a Packers fan in Wisconsin, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has your back.

Baldwin wants to ensure that all Wisconsinites, no matter where they live in the state, can watch Packers game broadcasts every week.

She reintroduced her Go Pack Go Act that requires cable, satellite and other video providers to provide their Wisconsin subscribers with access to programming from broadcast television stations in a Wisconsin media market.

Packers fans in 12 Wisconsin border counties are assigned to a Minnesota TV market, which means many of these Wisconsin households could get the Minnesota Vikings game instead of the Packers game when the teams play at the same time.

Under the current NFL schedule, the Packers and Vikings games are being broadcast on the same broadcast network at the same time in weeks 3, 14 and 17.

Impacted Wisconsin counties in the Duluth-Superior media market include Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and Sawyer. In the Twin Cities media market, Burnett, Washburn, Polk, Barron, St. Croix, Dunn and Pierce counties are affected.

“Every Packers fan across our state should be able to watch every Packers game,” Baldwin said in a news release. “My Go Pack Go Act would give Packers fans in every Wisconsin county the opportunity to receive in-state broadcasts, so they can cheer on our beloved green and gold.”