The NFL’s longstanding blackout policy appears to be a thing of the past.
The league announced today that there will be no local TV blackouts for the 2015 season. That means every game will be televised in its local market, regardless of how many tickets are sold.
For decades, the NFL has insisted that it had to protect its ticket sales by enforcing the blackout rule, which meant that fans could only watch their local teams’ home games if the game sold out 72 hours before kickoff. But last year the Federal Communications Commission took a stand against the blackout rule, and there were no blackouts in 2014.
Now it appears that there may never be a blackout again. More and more, the NFL is a television sport, and the fans expect to be able to see their teams on TV. That will be the case this year regardless of how many fans are watching the game inside the stadium.