NFL to Offer Blacked-Out Games Free (But Delayed) on

National Football League ticket sales haven’t been immune to the effects of the sluggish economy and, as a result, several games are in danger of being blacked out in their home markets due to not selling out. However, the league reached a partial solution.

Starting at midnight the day the game is played and extending for 72 hours, fans will be able to view blacked-out games free-of-charge on, The Washington Post‘s The League reported.

Under NFL rules, games can be blacked out in the local market if they are not sold out within 72 hours of kickoff. All games are available on a subscription basis on, but the league is waiving the fee for blacked-out contests in their home markets.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said:

We understand that the economy is limiting some families and corporations from buying as many game tickets as they had previously. These free rebroadcasts on will allow our fans that can’t get to a blacked-out game an opportunity to see the entire game.