12 Wisconsin counties are being fed Vikings games over Packers on TV. A U.S. Senator introduced legislation to change that
When it comes to the people of Wisconsin, two things are clear: they love their Green Bay Packers football and they despise the Minnesota Vikings.
So much so, that Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced a piece of legislation Wednesday, July 18, called the “Go Pack Go Act,” which would make all counties in the state of Wisconsin a Packers-first television viewing audience.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “the Go Pack Go Act would require cable, satellite and other TV providers to give customers in Wisconsin access to programming within their home state.”
Because, as Baldwin puts it, “no Packers fan should ever be forced to watch Vikings games.”
Currently, 13 Wisconsin counties are assigned to an out-of-state team based on their broadcast media markets, 12 of which are assigned to the Vikings, the Journal-Sentinel reports. The counties of Burnett, Washburn, Polk, Barron, St. Croix, Dunn and Pierce counties are part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul media market.
The counties of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and Sawyer counties are in the Duluth, media market. Florence County is in the Marquette, Mich., market, according to the Journal-Sentinel.
Baldwin’s legislation, if passed, would make all 13 counties not currently being served Packers games as its No. 1 priority its No. 1 priority.
“A few Wisconsin counties don’t get to see what’s happening in Green Bay,” Baldwin says in her political ad. “That’s got to change.”
Baldwin, a Madison, Wis., native, was elected to serve in the U.S. Senate in 2012 after defeating GOP nominee Tommy Thompson. In winning, Baldwin became the first woman Wisconsin sent to the U.S. Senate and the first openly LGBTQ senator in history.
Baldwin’s other core campaign issues include strengthening Wisconsin-based manufacturing, protecting health care, combating the opioid epidemic and holding Wall Street accountable, among other issues.
Baldwin is currently up for re-election this November and is running unopposed in the primary election that will be held Aug. 14.