House E&C Republicans To Probe Sports Media Rights


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Member who chairs the Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair want a clearer understanding of sports media rights in the U.S.

They hope to get answers in a hearing scheduled for January 31 on Capitol Hill.

House E&C head Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) are calling the hearing “TV Timeout: Understanding Sports Media Rights,” and it is scheduled for the final day of the month at 10:30am Eastern, in Rayburn HOB Room 2322.

Why are Rodgers and Latta convening the hearing? “The media marketplace has rapidly evolved over the last decade to adapt to the shifting dynamics of the sports’ media rights debate and the rising influence of online streaming platforms,” they note. “The introduction of streaming services, in particular, has expanded the options for people to choose where, when, and what content they view, including live sports. We look forward to discussing this evolution and better understand the innovation and competition in this market and how it has changed the consumer experience.”

Perhaps the key word here is “disrupted,” and streaming services such as Peacock and Amazon Video gain exclusives, such as National Football League telecasts.

A witness list is forthcoming.