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Saturday October 04, 2014

NFL Must End TV Blackouts or Lose Its Antitrust Exemption

This week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) warned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that unless the NFL amends its policy on televised game blackouts, the league would face Congress removing antitrust exemptions, special tax status and other benefits afforded to the NFL.

The NFL issued a statement after the FCC's vote on Tuesday, saying it would make no change to its policies. The NFL praised itself for being "the only sports league that televises every one of its games on free, over-the-air television." However, the NFL prevents games from being shown on local TV when tickets don't sell out.