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Volume 26 No. 223
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NFL Owners Again Expected To Lift TV Blackout Rule

NFL owners this week are scheduled to again vote to end the TV blackout rule for another year. Since '15, the owners have voted in one-year increments to not black out games in local markets that were not sold out. Before '15, the league blacked out such games as an inducement to sell tickets. But the policy came under heavy pressure from consumer groups and members of Congress. The league chose to suspend the policy in '15 for a year as a test. Owners the last three years voted to continue to suspend the blackout rule and are expected to do so again today or tomorrow.