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FCC Chair Proposes An End To Sports Blackouts, But Ultimate Effect On NFL Unclear
Published November 4, 2013
DARK MATTER: Buffalo Fan Alliance President Matt Sabuda said that the proposed change will "put pressure on the NFL to abandon its blackout policy." In Buffalo, Jerry Zremski noted Sabuda is "the leading local figure in the effort to get the NFL to ease its television blackout policy." Sabuda said, "This is probably the tipping point to get the NFL to get rid of its blackout rule altogether." Zremski noted both the FCC rule and the NFL’s blackout rule "have been under assault" from U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and other lawmakers. Higgins said, "Blackout rules are unfair, outdated and alienate dedicated fans." Higgins has been "making that case in Congress in recent years and has won increasing numbers of lawmakers to his side" (BUFFALO NEWS, 11/2).