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NFL's 'blackout rule' is gone, but was it obsolete?

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Posted at 6:43 PM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-30 22:42:03-04

The Federal Communications Commission is throwing a flag on the NFL's 39-year-old "blackout rule," which says if a team can't sell out a home game, fans watching on local TV can't view it.

Tuesday the commission voted unanimously 5 to 0 to throw out the policy despite pushback from the NFL, which says the rule was put in place to protect teams and fans attending the game. 

Advocates for erasing the blackout rule also say the league's cash cow has changed from tickets to TV.

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