NFL Suspends TV Blackout Rule for 2015-16 Season

The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums.

The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy:

In addition, the Oct. 25 NFL game from Wembley Stadium, London, between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be streamed worldwide for free on digital platforms starting live at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The so-called “blackout rule” is a federal law that prohibits local TV stations from telecasting NFL games, in the event that the stadium doesn’t sell out tickets 72 hours in advance of the game. The NFL had no blackouts last season and only two TV blackouts in 2013.

From 2009-12, there were 79 blackouts. A big reason for the change after 2012 was that the league redefined what represented a sellout (lowering the required number of tickets sold), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

More Digital

  • Courtesy of 8i

    Holographic Capture Startup 8i Plans to Lay Off Half of Its Staff

    The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums. The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season — […]

  • Sirius Logo

    SiriusXM Hit With Big Rate Hike by Copyright Royalty Board

    The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums. The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season — […]

  • Google Home Max

    Google Home Max Review: Want Some Bass With Those Smarts?

    The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums. The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season — […]

  • Erik Huggers Vevo

    Vevo CEO Erik Huggers Is Stepping Down

    The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums. The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season — […]

  • Facebook

    Facebook Adds Snooze Button to Mute Friends, Pages for 30 Days

    The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums. The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season — […]

  • vice_logo

    Disney Will Get More Vice After Acquiring 21st Century Fox's $70 Million Stake

    The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums. The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season — […]

  • Refinery29 - philippe-von-borries-justin-stefano

    Refinery29 Lays Off 34 Staffers in Latest Sign of Digital-Media Malaise

    The National Football League owners have voted to drop a rule that blocks local TV broadcasts if not enough tickets are sold in local stadiums. The news was confirmed by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season — […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content