Massachusetts Senator John Kerry wrote a strongly worded letter to the presidents of Sunbeam Television and DirecTV this week, urging them to carry the Super Bowl in spite of the current stalemate in their retrans negotiations, which has led to a blackout of Boston NBC-affiliate WHDH.

“To alleviate the anxieties of so many Patriots fans, I strongly urge you both to issue a public statement that your current retransmission consent dispute will not include blacking out the Super Bowl,” Kerry wrote to Edmund Ansin of Sunbeam and Michael D. White of DirecTV.  “I am not taking sides on which of you is correct in your dispute.  But I am siding with the families and small business owners who count on the television programming they pay to receive to be there when they most need it.” Read more