NFL To Ease Television 'Blackout' Rules, According To Report

In an effort to bring even more fans to their stadiums this season, the National Football league is making several changes this offseason, the most important of which is the easing of the league's TV "blackout" rule, which restricts local broadcasts for games that do not sell out. Via the Wall Street Journal:

Team owners have passed a resolution that starting this season will allow for local broadcasts of NFL games even when as few as 85% of tickets are sold. Under the new rule, each team has more flexibility to establish its own seat-sales benchmark as long as it is 85% or higher. To discourage teams from setting easy benchmarks, teams will be forced to share more of the revenue when they exceed it.

So I guess maybe Dan Snyder didn't need to rip all those seats out of FedEx Field, eh? But what's that you say, there's now a Party Deck? Well, then, that makes it worth it.

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