National Consumers League

NCL statement on FCC vote to end Sports Blackout Rule

September 30, 2014

Contact: Ben Klein, National Consumers League,, (202) 835-3323

Washington, DC – The National Consumer’s League today applauded the Federal Communications Commission for its unanimous vote to repeal the Sports Blackout Rule. In 2011, NCL joined four other public interest groups, led by the Sports Fans Coalition, in petitioning the FCC to repeal the Rule. Today’s FCC vote is the direct result of that petition and the coalition’s advocacy efforts.

The following statement is attributable to NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg:

“Today’s unanimous, bipartisan vote to end the Sports Blackout Rule is a resounding victory for the millions of American consumers who enjoy professional football. In the face of unprecedented lobbying by the NFL and others, the FCC today decided to stand with sports fans everywhere and say ‘enough is enough.’ We applaud FCC Chairman Wheeler and the entire Commission for its work to bring an end to this anti-consumer Rule.”


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