The NFL and FCC are at odds over a four-decade sports blackout rule. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
The National Football League said Thursday it opposes the Federal Communications Commission trying to end a 40-year sports blackout rule.
A blackout occurs when an NFL team doesn't sell out its stadium, and the league's blackout rule requires a team to sell out a game within 72 hours of kickoff in order to be shown on local television stations.
There have been only two blackouts because of attendance this year. The first one happened on Dec. 1 when the San Diego Chargers failed to sell out their home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Buffalo Bills' home game against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday will also be blacked out.
The FCC said that the rule has "become outdated due to marketplace changes since their adoption, and whether modification or elimination of those rules is appropriate.”