FCC to Ditch Blackout Rule on Cable, Satellite TV


The Federal Communications Commission might kill the “sports blackout rule” later this week, which is a rule designed to make sure fans fill NFL stadiums and not stay home to watch the games when the stadiums go empty.

The rule keeps non-sold-out local games from being aired on local over-the-air TV, Cable TV and Satellite TV networks.

Interestingly, it appears that the rule will be eliminated only for pay-TV companies, like your Cable TV and Satellite TV providers, but the games will still be blacked out for over-the-air networks.

In this day and age, with so many reasons to stay home to watch an NFL game, from ticket, parking and concession prices, to high-definition TV and the NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV, to fan safety, it’s surprising to see this rule change as so many fans are choosing to stay home anyway.