From The Denver Post:
Growing frustration surrounding the ongoing dispute between Altitude TV and Comcast has prompted Colorado lawmakers to draft a bill that could require Colorado regional sports networks and cable providers to submit to arbitration to avoid prolonged blackouts.
If passed, the attorney general could mandate nonbinding mediation for any renewal disputes that have lasted at least six weeks after a contract has expired. Backers of HB22-1058, introduced on Friday, are still weighing if they would try pass a law to avoid future blackouts if Altitude TV and Comcast come to an agreement soon, but they view the current bill as a necessary step.
“In a perfect world, we shouldn’t have to do this,” said Rep. Kyle Mullica, a Northglenn Democrat and bill sponsor. “These are adults that have a lot of resources.”
The Altitude-Comcast blackout goes back to September 2019 with Colorado subscribers missing nearly three full seasons of Avalanche, Nuggets and Rapids games on local TV broadcasts.
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