The TV war messing with March Madness
This year will have the most TV blackouts ever. There have already been more this year (125), than all of 2016 combined (104) and more than 1462% more than 2010 (8), per the American Television Alliance.
Data: S&P Global Market Intelligence; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios
Why this matters: The year's biggest college basketball games are being used as leverage in a fight between pay-TV providers (satellite and cable companies), and broadcast channels. The fight is over retransmission fees -- the money pay-TV providers have to pay broadcast and cable companies to distribute their content and the dispute could spread to other popular sporting events. Since 2010, broadcast and cable companies have raised retransmission rates more than 3700%, in an effort to make up for lost revenue from rising programming costs and declining ad revenues.