FCC Sacks NFL Blackout Rule in Unanimous Vote
Jared Sperli stashed this in football
Stashed in: Football
Can't believe it took so long to get tie of this dumb rule.
“Today we are blowing the whistle on an anti-fan practice,” Wheeler wrote in an editorial in USA Today on Sept. 9. “The NFL should no longer be able to hide behind government rules that punish loyal fans.”
Wheeler and other critics have made the case that when the FCC put the rules in place in 1975, teams got most of their revenue from selling tickets and other in-stadium sales. Today, the largest source of revenue is televising the games.
“The bottom line,” Wheeler wrote, “is the NFL no longer needs the government's help to remain viable. And we at the FCC shouldn’t be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV. It’s time to sack the sports blackout rules for good.”