Goodfriend says he thinks he’s going to win on the court, comparing Locust’s underdog position against the network to the fan-owned Packers prevalent on corporate-owned teams. He also offers another Wisconsin sports metaphor to describe the legal battle.
“A badger is hairy and ugly and short,” he said. “But if you turn a badger back into a corner, even a big old bear is going to have some blood on his nose.”
The son of Dr. Ted Goodfriend, who has served on the faculty of the UW-Madison School of Medicine since 1965, Goodfriend grew up west of Madison. “At Madison, you can really dab … and try a lot of different things,” he said. “I was able to have great experiences as a teenager.”
After graduating from the West, Goodfriend attended Beloit College and then plunged into politics, working in the offices of the late U.S. Congressman Les Espin and later U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. Those jobs took him to Washington, D.C., and his career includes time as a media legal advisor to the Federal Communications Commissioner and a media executive at Dish Network. He also attended law school and now teaches communications law at George Washington University and Georgetown as an adjunct professor.
All that experience in communications, politics, and law came into play when starting Locast. Under federal law, broadcast networks are required to provide their signals free of charge, but under the Communications Act of 1996, cable and satellite providers are required to negotiate a “re-broadcast fee” to provide channels that the network uses. an attractive source of revenue for