The NFL adopted the blackout rule in 1975 to keep local tv channels from showing a game if the stadium wasn’t sold out. Like a punishment for those who didn’t or couldn’t go to the game, if you will. This law was modified last year by the NFL. It stated that the 32 teams could decide themselves whether or not to allow the local stations to broadcast the games if their stadium isn’t 85% full. Arizona Senator John McCain and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal co-authored a letter to the Federal Communication Commission to urge them to start taking the public’s interest into account over the blackout rules. They are fed up with the whole messy system and say they want the viewers to be able to pick and choose channels instead of being forced to buy the expensive packages. In the letter the Senators stated that if a stadium was built by taxpayers money then the taxpayer has already bought their ticket and should be allowed to watch it from home. McCain said though that if the stadium is owned privately then it should be their choice on what they want to do.
The NFL and the National Association of Broadcasters are against this proposal and will most likely fight it. They believe the blackout rule fills the stadiums. Well duh, of course it does and it’s lining their pockets. We’ll be curious to know where this will lead to.