<font size="3">NFL EASES BLACKOUT RULES FOR 2012 - 2013 SEASON</font>
"Under intense pressure from fans, the NFL has decided to ease their TV blackout rules for the
2012-2013 season. Now, instead of a team requiring a sellout to be shown in
local markets, they will have the option to televise their games once 85% of their
tickets have been sold.
"It's optional if clubs want to do this and would only affect a few teams,"
Brian McCarthy told NFL.com in an
email. "Last year only 6 percent of games were blacked out in a local market.
This figure is down significantly from 15 to 20 years ago when 25 to 30 percent
of games were routinely blacked out."</p></blockquote>
Under this rule alteration, teams will provide more revenue to their
opponents if the additional 15% of tickets are sold.</p>
It's important to note that this may not eliminate or even decrease blackouts
across the league as it's completely optional. However, in the event that a team
decides to blackout a local market after failing to sell out their stadium, it
will no longer fall on the shoulders of the NFL – any and all blame will fall at the feet of the
In addition to easing TV blackout rules, the NFL will offer enhanced replay within the stadiums,
allowing all fans in attendance to view the same replays that officials are
viewing during challenges."