Imagine when football season begins this fall if you were a Michigan resident and you were forced to watch Green Bay Packers games instead of Detroit Lions games in your local television market. This is an actual problem for some Packers fans who for years have had Vikings or Lions games shown in certain counties in Wisconsin.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill that would allow all of Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers. Currently a dozen counties in northwestern Wisconsin are relegated to watching Minnesota Viking games whenever they play at the same time as the Packers. Florence County, Wisconsin, which is in the Marquette, Michigan television market, must watch the Detroit Lions whenever they play at the same time as the Packers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Baldwin introduced a bill Thursday that would require cable, satellite and other TV providers to give Wisconsin customers access to NFL programming from the team in their home state.

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