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Tampa Bay NFL Blackout Shows Need to End FCC Policy, Groups Say

U.S. regulators should void a rule that keeps professional sports contests, including National Football League games, off cable and satellite television when stadiums aren’t sold out, five groups said.

The Federal Communications Commission’s sports blackout practice that dates from 1975 “supports blatantly anti-fan, anti-consumer behavior by professional sports leagues,” the groups, including Washington-based Sports Fans Coalition, said in a petition to the agency to be filed Nov. 14.