NFL continues to face assault on blackout rule

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  1. DavidL

    DavidL Pro-Bowler SuperFan

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    DirectTV advertises that you can watch every game on Sunday Ticket. They lie. There is at least one Bears game per season that I can't watch, because I get blacked out. I can see why the NFL has an interest in blacking out people who live around Chicago, but I am out here in Seattle for cryin' out loud! When I called DirectTV to bitch about it, they say they have no choice, because the NFL negotiates these separate deals with the individual NFL franchises.
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    Bearstuff Yes, in the woods. Staff Member SuperFan

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    Ric, you can think what you want. I'll admit to having difficulty googling up the same list of stories I found the other day (I can't remember what I put in, but I got a totally different set of results). I'll admit to being lazy on the follow up too.

    The whole subject started (for me) with Rick Horrow's radio spot talking about blackouts over the last 5 seasons. You many not know who he is, but read up on him here, he is a legit insider on the business side of sports (he builds stadiums , hangs out with owners, sports league union chiefs, governors, mayors etc.). I've always enjoyed his stuff on any subject. The problem with sourcing radio stuff in print is...well the medium. His site only has some podcasts up, not his entire show library. Maybe it will get posted soon, I just heard it this week.

    Then I saw the article on PFT that I posted and put it here, then followed up with the mystery google search that I can't seem to replicate.

    So, nope I can't "source" what I heard and read (mostly in a Time article that I can't find). I know what I heard and read and I'm certain that the sources are more credible than PFT and ESPN.
  3. riczaj01

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    I've had Direct TV's Sunday Ticket up until last year, the only reason you get "blacked out" is b/c the game is on in your area already so you have to normally go to the Fox cable channel. I live in San Antonio and never missed a Chicago Bears game when I had S.T.


    Bears, I'm not saying there aren't teams that struggle, I'm just saying I when I look for the information it's not found to the extent you made it out to be. And I honestly don't have an issue if the stadium is close but not quite there to having the blackout lifted of the team or someone else buying the tickets up. That's a good business choice and makes sense for them and the NFL.
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    Yes, I can often get these games on other channels, but not always. When I called DirecTV, they apologize but tell me it is out of their control. It's a good thing I am not a Seahawks fan -- life could be worse!
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    I don't see what's outdated about wanting the stadiums filled.
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    Team keeps winning, stadiums are full. Teams that keep losing, they are not as full. You see?!:3 3 105[1]:

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