NEW YORK: The National Football League is modifying its black-out policy this year. Unless they’re sold out 72 hours before kick-off, games carried on TV are typically blacked out in those markets where the they’re played.
This season, the NFL will offer coverage of those games online after-the-fact. The NFL said it would post the games on NFL.com for 72 hours after midnight on the eve of game play.
The black-out rule was created to fill stadiums, but 10-12 teams have not sold out this year, according to analysts and Sports Illustrated.
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