FCC Proposes End To Sports TV 'Blackout' Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (December 18, 2013, 9:20 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission proposed to eliminate its rules mandating “blackouts” for cable and satellite television providers on certain sporting events, saying Wednesday that the blackout rules were adopted nearly 40 years ago, when game ticket sales were sports leagues’ main source of revenue.

The notice of proposed rulemaking comes after FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn signaled in November that the FCC would consider whether to eliminate the rules that prohibit certain multichannel video programming distributors from retransmitting, within a protected local blackout zone, the signal of...
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