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SUPREME COURT KEEPS NFL BLACKOUT RULE
Published December 12, 1995
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to keep the NFL's blackout rule in place, according to CNBC's Sue Herera. The Court rejected an appeal by a group of hearing-impaired fans who say they were unfairly affected by the rule ("Sports View," CNBC, 12/11). The appeal by Thomas Stoutenborough, who is a Browns fan, said he depends upon TV when the Browns play "because his lack of hearing rules out radio." He asked the Court to review his claim that "home-game TV blackouts discriminate against the disabled." The court gave no reason for its ruling, but a lower court had ruled against Stoutenborough, saying the NFL's rule requiring at TV blackout of home games not sold out 72 hours before game time is not a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Court ruled blackouts prevent TV for "everyone, including those who can hear" (Baltimore SUN, 12/12).