For decades, if an NFL game is not sold out, the local broadcast could — or would — be "blacked out," prohibiting local fans from seeing the game without buying a ticket to attend in person.
If the FCC has its way, that rule would be considerably weakened.
The commission today voted to back a proposal that would eliminate blackouts.
Per MultichannelNews, it wouldn't preclude leagues and broadcasters from cutting private deals to include blackouts in their agreements.
But the out-dated default position — sell out or black out — seems on the verge of elimination.
Even with the carve-out for private contracts, it would — at least on its face — be a win for fans after years of being unfairly shut out of watching games.