Ohioans urged to speak out against Sports Blackout Rule

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Senator Sherrod Brown is urging Ohioans to contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in advance a deadline for public comment on the Sports Blackout Rule.

Last month, the FCC announced that it is planning to reconsider the Sports Blackout Rule, a 1970s-era regulation that allows sports leagues, like the NFL, to black out broadcasts of a local sports game when the game does not sell out.

In 2011, 6 of 8 Bengal's home games were blacked out from television due to the sports blackout rule.

At the urging of Sen. Brown, the FCC released a petition urging the agency to open the Sports Blackout Rule for public feedback, the first step in repealing the regulation.

The deadline for public comment is Feb. 13.

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