WASHINGTON - Senators have asked the NFL commissioner to make game broadcasts on the NFL Network available on free television to more fans.
The league has said it provides free broadcasts in the home cities of competing teams. But 13 lawmakers, including Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said in a letter this week to Roger Goodell that the NFL is too narrowly interpreting what a home city is.
"The policy leaves behind NFL fans across the country simply because they live outside cities to which the NFL has granted franchises," according to the letter made public yesterday. For example, the NFL does not consider the western Pennsylvania town of Johnstown part of the Steelers' home market, the letter said.