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NFL Blackout Rule That Blocks Broadcasts Overturned by FCC

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 04:19 PM

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to end a 40-year blackout rule that kept NFL games from being broadcast on TV if the stadium wasn’t sold out.

"This is a historic victory for sports fans in the fight to keep sports accessible to all," Brian Frederick, a board member of Sports Fans Coalition, said, according to CNN Money.

The FCC determined that the rule was outdated as blackouts have become increasingly rare and television revenues have surpassed ticket sales as teams’ primary source of revenue.

Only two games were blacked out last season, while the NFL brings in $6 billion in TV revenue every year, CNN Money reported.

Still, the NFL still could enforce blackouts in agreements with broadcasters.

“The federal government should not be party to sports teams keeping their fans from viewing the game. Period,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, according to Bloomberg News.

Cable and satellite operators are no longer blocked from airing NFL games that have been blocked out on local broadcast stations, according to USA Today.

Local broadcasters fear that the rule change could drive more games to pay-TV providers, such as cable and satellite.

Twitter users celebrated the decision.









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