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Minnesota Senate amends stadium deal to block blackouts

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As the Vikings stadium bill continue to be debated on the floor of the Minnesota Senate, a stream of amendments is being proposed.

And some surprising ones are being adopted.

The latest to pass would prevent any and all local TV blackouts of Vikings games played in the new stadium, according to Tom Hauser of KSTP-TV.

The Vikings may not have a problem with that provision, but the league surely will.

Still, the idea has merit. If significant public money is going to be devoted to the construction of a football stadium, the public should have the ability to watch from home any games played there, regardless of whether all non-premium tickets have been sold at least 72 hours before kickoff.