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FCC votes to end sports blackout rule over NFL's objection
FCC votes to end sports blackout rule over NFL's objection

Despite strong opposition from the NFL, the Federal Communications Commission is dropping a rule that has allowed the professional football league to black out games, saying the provision is as outdated as leather helmets. The National Football League still can enforce its own policy that prevents games from being broadcast locally if they are not sold out in order to encourage fans to attend games. But the FCC said it would repeal its nearly 40-year-old rule that has prohibited cable and satellite TV providers from airing blacked-out games in the home team's market. “The FCC’s blackout rule was enacted in 1975 when the NFL’s main source of revenue was gate...

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