Wisconsin Packers fans: Proposed 'Go Pack Go Act' re-introduced

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 25: A view of Green Bay Packers helmets and equipment in the second half of an NFL preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs on August 25, 2022 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) re-introduced on Tuesday, Sept. 6 the "Go Pack Go Act of 2022." It is a measure Baldwin says will "make sure all Wisconsinites, no matter where they live across the state, can watch Green Bay Packers game broadcasts."

Right now, Packers fans in 13 Wisconsin counties are assigned to an out-of-state local TV market, in either Minnesota or Michigan. That means these Wisconsin households could get Minnesota Vikings or Detroit Lions games, but not Packers games, when those teams are playing at the same time.

Green Bay fans in the following Wisconsin counties would benefit from this act: Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and Sawyer Counties in the Duluth-Superior media market; Burnett, Washburn, Polk, Barron, St. Croix, Dunn and Pierce Counties in the Twin Cities media market; and Florence County in the Marquette, Michigan media market.

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The "Go Pack Go Act of 2022" would require cable, satellite and other video providers to provide their Wisconsin subscribers with access to programming from the broadcast television stations in a Wisconsin media market. 

The legislation would ensure that every Wisconsin cable or satellite subscriber who lives in these 13 counties has the choice of receiving an in-state broadcast for every major network, so they would always have access to Wisconsin-based news, information and sports, including Packers games.