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FCC Chief Supports Repeal Of NFL TV Blackout Rules

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission says it’s time to repeal NFL television blackout rules.

Ajit Pai says the FCC needs to “be on the side of sports fans” regarding league rules that prevent games that are not sold out from being broadcast in the home team’s market.

Pai was in Buffalo on Tuesday to make the announcement alongside congressman Brian Higgins, who has urged the FCC to change the rules. The FCC has spent the past year seeking public input regarding blackout regulations.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said there is no reason to change the blackout policy put in place in 1975. Goodell says a repeal could affect future TV contracts and lead to fewer games broadcast for free.

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