The NFL has suspended the blackout policy that has stood since the 1970s, which was implemented to black out local NFL games on TV if tickets were not sold out 72 hours prior to the start of a game.
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Although this policy was not suspended previously, blackouts have become extinct on their own as there were only two in 2013 before they completely disappeared in 2014.
With the suspension of blackouts, fans of NFL teams will be able to see all of their teams’ games, regardless of whether they sell out. This is particularly convenient for teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have struggled to fill seats.
NFL PR representative Greg Aiello announced the NFL’s decision on Twitter.
NFL clubs have approved suspension of local blackout policy for 2015 pre- and regular seasons. There were 0 BOs last reg-season.
— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) March 23, 2015