The NFL has finally confirmed to NFL.com that owners have indeed voted to relax the blackout rules.
“It’s optional if clubs want to do this and would only affect a few teams,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL.com in an email. “Last year only 6 percent of games were blacked out in a local market. This figure is down significantly from 15 to 20 years ago when 25 to 30 percent of games were routinely blacked out.
“If a team chooses to do so, it may set its capacity number needed for a blackout to be lifted at 85 percent of overall capacity,” McCarthy added about the new rule. “More revenue than usual will be shared with the visiting clubs for tickets sold above that base number.”
So now that we know the rule has officially been changed, will the league please explain why it changed the policy now?