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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

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    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.

  2. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    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

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    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

    Bronxiniowa Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Free? Since when did product manufacturers stop passing the cost of TV advertising onto their customers?
  5. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    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

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    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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