Richard Blumenthal

In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senators from both parties warned the National Football League Thursday to get rid of a 4-decade-old TV “blackout” rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league’s lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. In return for their loyalty, “fans in the public are often treated like a fumbled football,’’ said Blumenthal, “When places like Buffalo, New York, fail to sell out its 74,000-person stadium, the Bills game is blacked out for local fans. ’’(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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