No More Blackouts: FCC Scraps Sports Blackout Rule


The FCC voted unanimously to scrap the so-called “sports blackout” rule. That’s the good news. The rule banned broadcasters and cable networks from showing NFL games in a home team’s local TV market if the game itself wasn’t sold out. But now the bad news: Nothing prevents the NFL from writing blackout language into its contracts with TV networks, so it’s very possible nothing is going to change.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, the NFL announced that the referee was wrong to penalize Kansas City Chief Husain Abdullah for kneeling down to pray following a touchdown.

ABC’s Scott Goldberg joined us from New York.

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