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NFL suspends blackout rule for 2015 season

By Aileen Graef
NFL suspends blackout rule for 2015 season
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- The NFL owners have voted to suspend television blackouts for game for the 2015 season as an experiment from a policy in place since 1975.

The policy allows the NFL to blackout games from local television if the home game does not sell a certain number of tickets. The FCC has withdrawn its support for the rule but the NFL can still legally enforce it.

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In 2014, there were not blackouts due to enough ticket sales. However, in previous years, teams lost games to blackouts.

League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the news on Twitter.

The NFL "will evaluate the impact of the suspension after the season" to see the impact on the game's broadcasting.

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