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FCC Votes In Favor Of Proposal To End Sports Blackouts, But NFL Opposes Any Change
Published December 19, 2013
COULD CAUSE A SEISMIC SHIFT: The Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay said lifting the NFL blackout rule "would be seismic for home viewers because people have always been frustrated by the fact that you get to your television and if a game is not sold-out in your region, you can’t watch it." Additionally, if fans "have portability with DirecTV and any of the other things, you get frustrated there.” However, Gay wondered if there is a "potential bad side to this where you are going to see fewer and fewer fans going to NFL games." He noted attendance has been down the "last couple of years" and they are trying improve the in-game experience "because the TV product is so good” ("Crowd Goes Wild," FS1, 12/18).