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Reintroduced bill requires Packers games to be broadcast in every WI county

WASHINGTON (WAOW) — Senator Tammy Baldwin is making her case as an early-season MVP candidate in the hearts of Packers fans throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Sen. Baldwin reintroduced the Go Pack Go Act Tuesday morning, which “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,” according to a press release.

As it currently stands, 12 Wisconsin border counties are assigned to an out-of-state, Minnesota TV market, so many Packers fans in those counties could get the Vikings game instead of the Packers game when the two teams play at the same time (Weeks 3, 14 and 17), per the release.

The release says 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 impacted.

The act ensures, however, “that every Wisconsin cable or satellite subscriber who lives in these 13 counties has the choice of receiving an in-state broadcast for every major network, so they would always have access to Wisconsin-based programming like local news, weather, and sports, including Packers games,” per the release.

“Every Packers fan across our state should be able to watch every Packers game,” said Sen. Baldwin in the 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.”

Chris Watkins

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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