FCC Would End TV Sports Blackout Rule

Sports fans could find it easier to catch certain local games on television under a proposal released on Friday by a federal regulator to end a long-standing blackout rule.

Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn is proposing to eliminate the sports blackout rule, which currently prevents cable and satellite television providers from airing National Football League or other professional games if they are blacked out on local TV stations because of low attendance.

The change means that pay-television providers would be able to air a game even if local broadcast stations were blocked.

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