U.S. FCC proposes eliminating sports blackout rule


WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. FederalCommunications Commission is proposing to eliminate a nearly40-year-old rule governing "sports blackouts," when an eventthat was scheduled to be televised is not aired in a particularmedia market.

The blackouts can prevent transmission of sports programmingon local broadcast networks, such as when the local stadium didnot sell out.

"Changes in the marketplace have raised questions aboutwhether these rules are still in the public interest,particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economymake it difficult for many sports fans to attend games," actingFCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said in a statement.

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