Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, asking him to reconsider the league's blackout policy. He wrote that the blackout policies — which require home games to be blacked out in local TV markets if it is not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff — could, "deny Ohioans the opportunity to watch these games."
Brown referenced the average price of an NFL game ticket, $77, and how it is nearly 10 times the hourly minimum wage and that attending a football game is, "simply cost prohibitive for too many Ohioans."
The NFL blacked out 22 games in 2009, a 144 percent increase from the previous season.
"It is deeply troubling that increasing blackouts could deprive families and friends the tradition of watching their beloved Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoons. I ask the NFL to examine its current television blackout policies…," Brown wrote.
For authoritative coverage and analysis of NFL news, free agency and fantasy football, visit ProFootballWeekly.com.