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The Revolu... er, Baseball Game Will Be Televised

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Well...maybe. The article on ThinkProgress titled "FCC Proposes Elimination Of Sports Blackout Rule In Victory For Consumers, Sports Fans" is mainly about the NFL, but it may effect the MLB's blackout rules too. The FCC is proposing to eliminate blackouts because, "the economic rationale underlying the sports blackout rules may no longer be valid." Here are a few excerpts:

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed eliminating what is known as the "sports blackout rule," which allows sports teams and leagues to blackout broadcasts in local markets if they don’t sell enough tickets.

That doesn’t mean blackouts will be gone for good. But it is a major symbolic victory against the practice for consumer and fan advocates who have been fighting the blackout rules for years.

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Even if it isn’t total victory, it’s a symbolic win, Goodfriend said, perhaps evidence that blackouts are an "antiquated and unethical practice," as the Coalition has put it before. "The FCC has made it official that they agree with us," he said. "That’s big! Think about it. We’re consumers going up against the NFL, Major League Baseball, and major broadcasters. We’re winning against the big boys!"

You can read the full article by clicking on the link above,

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