by Michael Lowrey
Good. The Washington Post provides some context to the decision. A highlight:
But agency chairman Tom Wheeler indicated earlier this month that he’s incredulous at some of the arguments the league has put forward to defend the rule. The NFL has hinted that if the rule were repealed, it could drive sports games to be shown exclusively on cable networks, forcing some fans to start paying for cable packages instead of getting to watch the games for free on broadcast TV.
“Believe it or not, the league is actually arguing that it’s fighting to preserve the FCC’s sports blackout rules for the sake of the fans,” wrote Wheeler in a USA Today op-ed this month. “To hear the NFL describe it, you would think that putting a game on CBS, NBC or Fox was a money-losing proposition instead of a highly profitable multi-billion dollar business.”