November 19th, 2010 5:33 pm | by STACY BROWNHILL News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Sports, Sports

Fans Protest Comcast at Rally Before Trail Blazers Game

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Portland Trail Blazers fans at last night's game against Denver not only had the chance to root against the Nuggets, but also to protest Comcast's monopoly on TV broadcasts of Blazers games.

Ten years ago, Comcast signed a deal promising Oregon sports fans they would be able to watch Blazers games regardless of which company provided their cable TV. Now in its fourth season, the deal appears busted as many Oregonians, especially outside major cities, cannot watch those games.

According to the Sports Fan Coalition, Comcast has only made its regional sports network—Comcast SportsNet Northwest—available to smaller cable companies who do not compete with Comcast.

As promised earlier this week, SFC led a rally outside the Rose Garden before last night's game to encourage frustrated Blazer fans to sign a petition that organizers will deliver today to the Oregon Legislature. Drawing hundreds of signatures from fired-up fans, the petition calls for the Oregon Legislature to work toward blocking a pending merger between Comcast and NBC Universal until all Trail Blazer fans can watch games on TV.

SFC executive director Brian Frederick said he could not guess how many Oregonians are affected by the monopoly because Comcast refuses to distribute the numbers. However, dozens of fans before last night's game alone vented irritation at not being able to watch the game at home.
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