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NFL fights to save its TV “blackout rule”

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Mark Holtz, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    From ARS Technica:

    NFL fights to save its TV “blackout rule”
    Despite $9B revenue, NFL says blackout rule needed to keep football on free TV.

    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  2. jimmie57

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    It is NOT free when people buy the Sunday Ticket , etc. That is a definite to do away with the rule.
    I was going to get it for my son a couple of years ago and all he was going to see of his favorite team was 2 more games than without it. 2 games was absolutely not worth the price for it.
     
  3. inkahauts

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    Free? I didn't know that ABC CBS and FOX stopped asking providers for money for their stations and espn and the NFL network became over the air free stations.
     
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  4. Bronxiniowa

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    Free? Since when did product manufacturers stop passing the cost of TV advertising onto their customers?
     
  5. dpeters11

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    Yeah, if you get it for one particular team it diminishes the value, particularly if they get a lot of national games, plus games played with a local team. At that point it makes a lot less sense.

    I'm just not convinced that it really affects the crowds at the stadium. Those that go to the games go for a reason. Those that would watch on TV aren't suddenly going to go out and get a ticket just because it's blacked out, at least not to any large degree.
     
  6. longrider

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    I do see the free part in that when a game is on a pay network - ESPN, NFL Network, etc a local OTA channel in the teams home market carries the game. However I dont think it affects attendance at all, anyone who wants to go to a game will go anyway and I would be surprised if you could find a hundred TV watchers who would decide to buy tickets if a game was blacked out
     

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