WASHINGTON – For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven’t sold out from being televised in the local market.
Well, you can’t blame the government anymore.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to end the 1975 rule with a push from its chairman.
“We at the FCC shouldn’t be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV,” said Chairman Tom Wheeler. “It’s time to sack the sports blackout rule.”
The vote won’t actually end blackouts, which are written into the NFL’s private contracts with broadcast and cable companies. But it means responsibility for blackouts now lies entirely with the NFL and its television partners, not the government.
I hope so. Rather watch them than the Jags any day. :grin
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So now only the NFL and the Networks decide which games are blacked out?....... and what the parameters will be that constitute a black out?
They've got us right where they want us now.:hairraiser
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The jury is still out if this a good or a bad thing.