HARRISBURG – Ever-evolving technology now allows fans of local high school sports to follow their favorite teams nearly everywhere they go. State Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) is hoping to level the playing field for broadcasters that want to make that possible, no matter the destination.
“Many radio stations are augmenting their broadcasts by adding video streaming of games,” Struzzi said. “Unfortunately, some Pennsylvania high schools have signed contracts with out-of-state companies, not realizing the arrangement they’ve agreed to prevents broadcasters from visiting schools from doing likewise for their team’s fans unless they pay to access the stream.”
Struzzi has authored House Bill 2074
, known as the Fair Play Broadcasting Act, which would protect local broadcasters and prevent them from being shutout from providing video streams of competitions.
“In many cases, these local stations have been covering teams or leagues for a long period of time and providing a service to their community,” added Struzzi. “They deserve the right to have equal access to these broadcast opportunities to the fullest extent they desire. It’s just good business and good for relationships between schools.”
Struzzi’s legislation is similar to a bill moving through the Oklahoma Legislature, where the Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 302 and moved it to the House for consideration.
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Struzzi’s district office at 1-724-465-0220.
Representative Jim Struzzi
62nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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