FCC Seeks Comment on NFL Blackout Rule

League regs forced local TV stations to black out 16 games

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Sports blackouts are a sure way to make fans cry foul. It’s one of the reasons the Federal Communications Commission wants to shine a light on National Football League local TV game blackouts.

This year, NFL rules forced local TV stations to black out a total of 16 games in Cincinnati; Tampa, Fla.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and San Diego, all because those cities’ teams failed to fill the seats in their stadiums. The number would have been higher if the CBS station in Miami and its corporate sponsor Anheuser-Busch hadn’t bought tickets for four Dolphins home games.

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