Acting Chairwoman Clyburn Statement on Sports Blackout Rule NPRM
Federal Communications Commission
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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
November 1, 2013
Justin Cole, 202-418-0611
ACTING FCC CHAIRWOMAN CLYBURN STATEMENT ON TAKING ACTION TO
ADDRESS THE AGENCY’S SPORTS BLACKOUT RULES“Today, I circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate the Commission’s nearly
40-year old sports blackout rules.
“Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public
interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports
fans to attend games. Elimination of our sports blackout rules will not prevent the sports leagues,
broadcasters, and cable and satellite providers from privately negotiating agreements to black out certain
“Nevertheless, if the record in this proceeding shows that the rules are no longer justified, the
Commission’s involvement in this area should end.”
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