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07:23 AM ET 12.19 | The NFL's policy on blacking out games could itself be blacked out. The Federal Communications Commissions officially has proposed the adoption of a rule preventing sports leagues from blacking out games. It's the first official step in a process that now welcomes commentary from the public regarding the issues. "We propose to eliminate the sports blackout rules," the FCC states. ... The National Association of Broadcasters opposes the move, arguing that eliminating the blackout rules will drive events away from otherwise free television. The NFL has had only one blackout this year, thanks in part to the ability of teams to reduce their minimum sales threshold to 85 percent of all non-premium seats. Also, teams and/or their sponsors can purchase any unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.

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December 19, 2013  07:36 AM ET

If it wasn't several hundred dollars for a single seat, you'd get more fans in the stadium.

December 19, 2013  07:58 AM ET

What they don't tell you about the 85% rule on the blackouts is its up to the team if they want to lift the blackout at 85% or still go by the old rule where it must be a sell out in order for it to be on local tv.

December 19, 2013  08:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If it wasn't several hundred dollars for a single seat, you'd get more fans in the stadium.

NFL needs to set the ticket prices the same for each city/team went to the Sunday night game a few weeks back in Cincy ticket price $65 for decent seats......went to the Cincy game down in Miami a few weeks back $145 for a seat - and when you buy 4 - OUCH !!

December 19, 2013  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

NFL needs to set the ticket prices the same for each city/team went to the Sunday night game a few weeks back in Cincy ticket price $65 for decent seats......went to the Cincy game down in Miami a few weeks back $145 for a seat - and when you buy 4 - OUCH !!

You see to have a lot of money for a hillbilly. Are you related to the Clampetts?

December 19, 2013  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You see to have a lot of money for a hillbilly. Are you related to the Clampetts?

LOL......Naw......just alot of hard work

But I would take a liken to Ellie May

December 19, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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LOL......Naw......just alot of hard workBut I would take a liken to Ellie May

You haven't seen a recent picture of Ellie May, have you. Girl did not age well.

December 19, 2013  08:47 AM ET

You mean no more trips to Cherry Hill NJ for us Giant fans? Did that in 50's and 60's!!!

December 19, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You haven't seen a recent picture of Ellie May, have you. Girl did not age well.

Thats her there isn't it college superfan--------------->

December 19, 2013  08:52 AM ET

San Diegoans, rejoice. You can now ignore your beloved Chargers on TV as well!

December 19, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You see to have a lot of money for a hillbilly. Are you related to the Clampetts?

I'll bet he was quite a sight in Miami. Did he pay in cash at the ticket window?

December 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET

The National Association of Broadcasters opposes the move, arguing that eliminating the blackout rules will drive events away from otherwise free television.

Got news for the NAB... that ship is sailing already.

December 19, 2013  09:16 AM ET

End of blackouts?


Just in time for Jerry.

December 19, 2013  09:22 AM ET

The rise of ticket prices / player salaries / NFL owners greed will eventually hit a critical mass if it hasn't already. Eventually, people will no longer be able to pay near $1,000 to take the family to the game, pay for parking, get hot dogs and beer, etc. It has to follow that eventually somebody will acknowledge that $20 million a year to throw a football isn't sustainable.

December 19, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You haven't seen a recent picture of Ellie May, have you. Girl did not age well.

I've seen the original. You're correct.

However I'd still like to rassle with the 90s movies Ellie May, Erika Eleniak.

December 19, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

End of blackouts? Just in time for Jerry.

He's not the only owner shuddering at this thought.

December 19, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

NFL needs to set the ticket prices the same for each city/team went to the Sunday night game a few weeks back in Cincy ticket price $65 for decent seats......went to the Cincy game down in Miami a few weeks back $145 for a seat - and when you buy 4 - OUCH !!

That would be stupid.

December 19, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'll bet he was quite a sight in Miami. Did he pay in cash at the ticket window?

with jars of pennies

December 19, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Here is the thing as I see it: Any team that used public funding to help build their stadium , or receives tax breaks of any kind, should have to forfeit the right to black out any game in the very same region that help fund their business.

Should have been run through the court system long ago.

December 19, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Here is the thing as I see it: Any team that used public funding to help build their stadium , or receives tax breaks of any kind, should have to forfeit the right to black out any game in the very same region that help fund their business.Should have been run through the court system long ago.

Agreed. And I'd include those who paid for their own stadium but received tax breaks, ala Robert Kraft.

 
December 19, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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If it wasn't several hundred dollars for a single seat, you'd get more fans in the stadium.

I'm looking at a ticket stub from 2007, Bucs vs Jags at Raymond James, for $350. Of course, I would never pay that amount. Fortunately for me the holder of the ticket gave it to me for free because they couldn't make it to the game that day.

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