News

Feds huddle over NFL blackout rules

Feds huddle over NFL blackout rules

BLACKOUT: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said there's no reason to change the blackout policy, which has been in place since 1975. Photo: Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission says it’s time to repeal NFL television blackout rules.

Ajit Pai says the FCC needs to “be on the side of sports fans” when it comes to league rules that prevent games that aren’t sold out from being broadcast in the home team’s market.

The FCC has spent the past year seeking public comments about blackout regulations.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said there’s no reason to change the blackout policy, which has been in place since 1975.

Goodell warns that repealing the rule could affect future TV contracts — and lead to fewer games broadcast for free.

Local Headlines

in Local

Gun Permits

Gun In Hand

A bill that would change state law and keep confidential the identities of those who own permits to carry firearms...

in Local

Storm Lake Drug and Car Chase Arrest

News Arrest1240 1

A Storm Lake man is arrested on numerous charges after a high speed chase and crash...

in Local

Storm Lake Traffic Stop

Police

A Storm Lake woman is arrested after a traffic stop...

in Local

Spencer Hospital Surgical Robot

News Hospital1240

The Spencer Hospital is approved for a new surgical device...

in Local

Child Psychiatric Center

Jackson Recovery Center

A new facility offering psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment to children and teens in northwest Iowa...