More than 40 years after the National Football League started preventing local TV stations from broadcasting games when tickets aren’t sold out, the league will finally end the fan-unfriendly blackout policy.
“NFL clubs have approved suspension of local blackout policy for 2015 pre- and regular seasons,” NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello announced on Twitter today. “There were 0 BOs [blackouts] last reg-season.”
NFL clubs have approved suspension of local blackout policy for 2015 pre- and regular seasons. There were 0 BOs last reg-season.
— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) March 23, 2015
The NFL is holding its annual owners’ meeting this week. In 1973, the league started blacking out games that aren’t sold out. Blackout restrictions were relaxed in 2012, allowing teams to show games on local TV as long as 85 percent of tickets were sold. But games were still blacked out locally due to poor sales as recently as 2013.
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