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FCC urged to end sports blackout rule

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By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most people weighing in on a sports blackout rule are urging the Federal Communications Commission to scrap it.

The FCC is considering a proposal to rescind the rule, which bars cable and satellite systems from carrying a sporting event that is blacked out on local broadcast television stations. The rule has effectively reinforced the NFL's own policy, which blacks out games in home markets that aren't sold out 72 hours ahead of time.

Monday is the deadline for public comments on a petition by the Sports Fans Coalition to rescind the rule. The agency has received about 100 comments, and an overwhelming majority favors the petition. Many argue that taxpayers have helped pay for the stadiums and should not have their home games blacked out.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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