There’s plenty of sports media news coming out of the NFL’s annual meetings. In addition to the announcement that Bills-Jaguars would be the first NFL game to be digitally streamed worldwide, there was ground-breaking news regarding the league’s blackout policies. In a major win for fans, the league has decided to suspend its blackout rules for the 2015 season.
no blackouts in '15 #nflseason. Clubs voted to suspend policy for 1-year. will evaluate impact of the suspension after season
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) March 23, 2015
While a permanent erasing of the league’s punitive and archaic blackout policy would have been much better, this is obviously a step in the right direction. It means that no fans will be blacked out from watching their favorite team play locally.
NFL blackouts have been under fire for the better part of a year and with the FCC firmly advocating their elimination and even the league’s own restrictions being relaxed. Hopefully the temporary change for 2015 becomes permanent in 2016.