NFL Drops Blackout Rule

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  1. BethSucks

    BethSucks Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Great news for me because there's no way the LA Chargers are selling out any games here next year:


    NFL drops TV blackout rule
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    The rule prevents games from being broadcast in a team's home market if the tickets aren't sold out. It's been around since the 1950s, when NFL games were first televised.

    Roughly one game out of ten was blacked out under the rule as recently as 2004, and in 1996 it was one out of three games.

    But there were no games blacked out last season, according to the NFL, and only two games were blacked out during the 2013 season.

    The league said that the clubs voted to suspend the rule, and that it will evaluate the impact of that after this upcoming season.

    Related: NFL earns record profits

    The rule was conceived back when the league depended on ticket sales rather than television rights as its major source of revenue. But the league's broadcast rights are now worth about about $5.1 billion a year, making the NFL the most profitable professional sports league. And its broadcasts dominate TV ratings.

    Still, the league had been reluctant to drop the rule, especially as more fans prefer to watch games at home on big-screen TV's, rather than going to games in person.

    Related: NFL gets billions in taxpayer subsidies

    The rule did have loopholes. For instance, games could still be broadcast even if a team did not sell out their expensive luxury box or club seats. And advertisers sometimes buy blocks of unsold tickets to insure that a game is broadcast, even if the seats were empty.

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    The rule was generally unpopular with fans who were angry that they couldn't watch the games on TV.

    Last year the Federal Communications Commission repealed a rule that prohibited cable and satellite television operators from airing games that were blacked out on over-the-air broadcasts. But the NFL still has the power to enforce blackouts on cable, broadcast and streaming games.

    CNNMoney (New York) March 23, 2015: 5:26 PM ET
     
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  2. MyLazyHand

    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    I look forward to watching those two Eagles players this year in Philly.
     
  3. Murcielago

    Murcielago Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

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    Seems only fair since the league is all about TV and the stadium fans are an afterthought.
     
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  4. Donkeyboy2190

    Donkeyboy2190 Never earned a dimes

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    Owners will use this to plead poverty is the next negotiations
     
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    Wesmantooth VIP Extreme Gold

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    Dude if your city can't sell out 8 nfl gms it doesn't deser a team:jj:
     
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    CrucifiedAGT He's Around VIP

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    This is a good move but Goodell still deserves for every NFL fan to have one free punch right in his smug incompetent face.
     
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    As a Chargers fan, I DO NOT want the Chargers to move here to LA.

    I honestly don't care to have a team here in LA at all but, If LA did get a team, I'd want it to be the Rams and/or the Raiders but, definitely not the Chargers.
     
  8. captbill

    captbill Well-Known Member

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    I have never attended a pro football game. I don't even watch them on TV. WGAF, WGAS about them? Not me.
     
  9. N Copter

    N Copter Shot Dead Banned User

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    Even with 16 packed stadiums a week the actual fan in the seats at the game is a very small % of the total viewership. The fan at the game will ALWAYS be second place to the fan at home. It is a fact we could be upset about (and it is annoying) but there is no reversing this trend. I wonder how much longer they will be filling those stadiums. The home experience is so much better to so many people.
     
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    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    You've never seen a Super Bowl?!

    How is that possible unless you're living in Afghanistan?
     
  11. Dwainw

    Dwainw Active Member

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    Great! Then I can watch the best team of 2015-16 THE Miami Dolphins!
     
  12. captbill

    captbill Well-Known Member

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    I've been to Superbowl parties and had them at my home, but I do not watch the game. Again, WGAF, WGAS? Not me.
     
  13. Alisonsbankacct

    Alisonsbankacct Out to lunch.

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    I'm going to start going into all the threads that don't apply to me and comment within them. You're an inspiration.
     
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    Agreed but why reward a shit owner and a shit team
     
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    Cleveland fans must be happy.
     
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    You cared enough to post in a thread about it. Are you one of those really "smart" people who pisses on any interest that other humans have if it isn't one you share?
     
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  17. captbill

    captbill Well-Known Member

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    Glad I could inspire you.
     
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    N Copter Shot Dead Banned User

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    I'm sure your a fucking blast at those parties. Do you tell your guests to hush up during the game like 90 yr old lady with creep shoes? Do you chase them out at the end of the 3rd quarter? I bet you one of those really cool people who loves the commercials.
     
  19. captbill

    captbill Well-Known Member

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    No, I'm not like that. If I was do you honestly think I'd have a Superbowl party at MY home? I just don't care all that much for professional sports. I do enjoy watching amateur sports.
     
  20. captbill

    captbill Well-Known Member

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    Since I don't watch the game I have no idea when the commercials are on. I don't mind the other people making noise.