NFL tells FCC not to end local blackouts

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"The Commission should decline to amend the sports blackout rule as proposed by the SFC, since that would undermine the retransmission consent regime and give cable and satellite operators excessive leverage in retransmission consent negotiations, contrary to Congressional intent in establishing the retransmission consent framework and contrary to the public interest."

The Sports Broadcasting Act and blackout rules are often associated with the NFL but covers all sports leagues. Congress passed the law after a federal court ruled the league's practice of selling its TV rights collectively was a violation of antitrust laws.

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