Colorado Lawmakers Drafting Legislation To Get Nuggets & Avs Games Back On Comcast & Dish

State Rep. Kyle Mullica said lawmakers and Colorado State Capitol attorneys are brainstorming options which could be written in to a bill in the next two weeks.

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KATHY WALSH: Well, tonight, the Denver Nuggets were pummeled by the Portland Trail Blazers in game four of the first round. Not easy for fans to see, but at least they were able to watch it. A two-year-long dispute between Altitude and providers Dish and Comcast kept fans from seeing game three, when the Nuggets won. CBS 4's Dillon Thomas joins us live tonight at Ball Arena. And Dillon, players, coaches, and even elected officials are now demanding a deal be struck.

DILLON THOMAS: Kathy, after watching that game today, you can understand why many of them may have wished that they blacked out during that. But on better nights, a lot of people want to watch the Nuggets games. Now state lawmakers are intervening, hoping to propose legislation which would pressure all parties involved to get a deal done.

We got to find a way to get our games everywhere. When he tweeted those words, Nuggets star Jamal Murray became the first player to blast ownership and providers Dish and Comcast for blacking out games, preventing fans from watching the Nuggets during the past two seasons. It's all because of an argument over money. Until a deal is made Avs and Nuggets games can't be watched on two of the largest providers in the country.

KYLE MULLICA: We need to figure out something quickly.

DILLON THOMAS: State representative Kyle Mullica is now one of several politicians exploring legislation which would help end the two-year standoff. We're fiercely looking at a solution. Are there any levers that we can pull? Are there any tools in our toolbox to see if we can do something about this? Lawmakers at the Capitol are hoping to draft a bill which would be heard in the next two weeks.

KYLE MULLICA: Because we want to make sure that these games can be broadcast on TV in their local markets.

DILLON THOMAS: Mullica knows lawmakers are limited in their reach, but he is confident something can be done to pressure all parties to prioritize fans.

KYLE MULLICA: They're private companies, but I think that these companies also need to understand that the people of Colorado and the fans are the reason that they're even around. This isn't something that we're trying to just put a Band-Aid on.

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This is something that we want to legitimately solve.

DILLON THOMAS: Thursday's game was blacked out. Tuesday's game, here at Pepsi Center, will be blacked out as well, and there's a good chance game six will be blacked out. We reached out to Comcast for comment on this, but they said they couldn't, due to litigation. And we have posted online a comment from Altitude Sports saying that they will be working to try and get a deal done by next season. For the last time, we'll be sending it back to Kathy Walsh, a friend, a mentor, and an all-time great.

KATHY WALSH: Thank you, Dillon.