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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

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to end its nearly 40-year-old sports blackout rule, saying the provision, which now applies largely to NFL games, is outdated in an era when professional football has become a multibillion-dollar enterprise no longer mainly dependent on ticket sales. The NFL, which strongly opposed the change, still can enforce its own policy that prevents games from being broadcast locally if they are not sold out. But the FCC said it would repeal its rule that gave regulatory cover to the NFL by prohibiting cable and satellite TV providers from airing blacked-out games in the home team's market. "It is the leagues that...

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