Report: NFLPA supports local television blackout rule

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The National Football League Players Association joined the NFL in supporting the league's four-decade old television blackout rule, reports Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal

According to the report, the NFLPA wrote a letter in favor of the rule to the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates television, wire, satellite and cable services.

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The blackout rule requires NFL home teams to blackout games in the local market if the team doesn’t sellout its home games. Teams can ask for a 24-hour extension to try to sell out the games. The San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills had to blackout games last season. 

It was reported last month that the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) wrote a letter also supporting the blackout rule. 

A commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission said the NFL’s blackout rule should be repealed, saying the government should stay out of the business of the sports leagues.

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