The NFL, small business owners near the stadiums, and football fans everywhere all win when NFL games are sold out and when fans have access to the home games they want on free TV.
However, pay-TV lobbyists want to change the rules to charge fans for football games that, right now, you watch for free on local television. Don’t let them get away with taking away our NFL games.
THE TOP THREE FACTS FANS NEED TO KNOW
1. NFL games remain on FREE broadcast television because of the FCC’s sports blackout rule which has been working for nearly four decades.
2. While every other professional sport has moved to pay services like cable or satellite, the NFL makes every regular-season and playoff game available to you for FREE.
3. The rule promotes strong stadium attendance and benefits local restaurants, sports bars, and other small businesses near the stadiums.
Pay-TV lobbyists have manufactured a controversy in an effort to change the current rule and charge fans for games that they currently watch for free.
We cannot let these special interests dictate what is best for NFL fans and their communities.
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NFL fans as well as local communities, businesses, and elected officials all support the rule because they understand its benefits.
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Here’s what we heard in just a few cities…
“The blackout rule was put into effect to make sure the stadium was full week after week. I can directly see the benefit this stadium brings.”
- Cecilia S. Johnson, Founder, Hood Conservatives Kansas City
“When our football stadium is full, our local economy thrives.”
- Victor Martin, General Manager, St. Regis Hotel Detroit
“The current system is strong and isn’t in need of a government fix. Everyone wins when NFL stadiums are full and games are on free TV.”
- Richard Mason, Director of Government Affairs, Ohio Restaurant Association
“Changing the current system is unnecessary. It would threaten the game-day economy.”
- Senator Paul LeVota, Kansas City
“Ending the FCC’s longstanding sports blackout rule would prove extremely negative for Detroit’s local economy.”
- Quentin G. Love, Founder & CEO, AMC Detroit
“I know the importance of over-the-air television. On average, a home game brings almost $8 million in economic benefits to the City of Cleveland.”
- Reverend Jeffrey J. Jemison, Pastor St. John’s Baptist Church (Cleveland)
“If the FCC changes the blackout rule, cable companies will be able to work around the local blackouts, offering little incentive for fans to attend the game.”
- Jeffrey J. Davis, Owner, ReCre8U Fitness
“Fans should not be forced to pay to watch games they already get for free. The NFL is actively working to see that fans have access to every game in 2014.”
- Thomas Martinez, Houston Texans Fan
“Our local grocers are the backbone of the local community. Our members sell food to tailgaters, and see the surge in sales on game days with a full stadium.”
- Dan Shaul, State Director, Missouri Grocers Association
“I’m troubled that the FCC might end its decades-old sports blackout rule. It works for the fans that watch NFL games on free local television.”
- Ed Fernandez, VP & General Manager, WXYZ ABC Detroit
“My city’s local economy benefits from strong stadium attendance on game days. When our football stadium is full, our local economy thrives.”
- Nick Stepanski, Cheli’s Chili Bar, Detroit
“The current system is strong and isn’t in need of a government fix. Everyone wins when NFL stadiums are full, and games are on free TV.”
- Matthew C. MacLaren, President & CEO, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
“When the stadium is at capacity, our local economy thrives, jobs are created and it guarantees all games will be available to Cleveland residents.”
- Lorenzo Norris, Concord Baptist Church (Cleveland)
“Growing up in a household without cable and being able to watch football on broadcast TV contributed to why I became a real fan of the NFL.”
- Adam Hollier, Detroit Lions season ticket holder and former NCAA college football player