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Blumenthal wants Congress to punish NFL if it doesn’t reform

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Monday he’s introducing a bill that would strip the NFL — and other professional sports teams — of their lucrative antitrust exemptions if they don’t reform. The NFL is under scrutiny for a number of recent scandals, including its handling of domestic violence allegations against former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice. Speaking outside of UConn’s Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Blumenthal said his legislation would make the antitrust exemption, which allows professional sports leagues and teams to negotiate exclusive broadcasts rights, renewable every five years. “The era of blank checks must end,” Blumenthal said. Blumenthal wants the NFL to crack down on players and staff accused of domestic violence — and donate money to organizations that help victims.

“The NFL should not be the aider and abettor of domestic violence,” he said. Continue Reading →

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