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League scores big on blackouts

Decision to ease the requirements for home games is the right move

Originally Published: July 2, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The NFL's recent decision to ease blackout requirements for home games is smart, but also a little scary.

What's smart is it should limit the last-minute scramble to find a local business or television station buying a couple thousand tickets to keep the games on live television. Under the new rules, the blackouts will be lifted if at least 85 percent of the tickets are sold.

What's scary is, despite the NFL's increasing clout and popularity, ...

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