FCC looking to end NFL blackout rule

Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; A general view of Everbank Field as the Miami Dolphins take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The FCC has taken some interest in the NFL’s blackout rule, and it looks like they may have a plan to change the way things take place. According to Jerry Zremski of the Buffalo News, the FCC has proposed a change that would eliminate the NFL’s blackout rule.

“Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports fans to attend games,” said FCC acting chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn.

The NFL said they will review the FCC proposal, but they did make sure to point out that there have been no blackouts in 2013.

“But it is worth noting that there have been no local TV blackouts of NFL home games through the first 133 games of the 2013 season,” league spokesman Greg Aiello added.

The FCC has commented on the NFL’s blackout rule before, so this isn’t a new development. However, they appear ready to take action and see if they can make a change that will greatly benefit the fans in all markets.

Topics: NFL

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