FCC Wants Public Input On Ending Sports Blackout Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (January 13, 2012, 9:08 PM EST) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday asked for public comment on a petition by sports fan and media groups to eliminate federal sports blackout rules, which bar cable and satellite providers from broadcasting sports events not carried by local stations.

The blackout rules, which are intended to encourage ticket sales, allow professional sports leagues to negotiate deals with local stations barring broadcast of games that aren’t sold out, and then have those restrictions apply automatically to cable, satellite and other distributors, according to the petition...
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