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NFL Should Expel TV Blackout Rule

By January 3, 2014

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I wish they'd make Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder and Roger Goodell sit in the stands at Lambeau Field Sunday, when the Packers play the 49ers in minus-3 degree weather.

Maybe the two NFL team owners and league Commissioner might get an inkling of what the average fan goes through. If they had any empathy - which they probably don't - they'd do what they could to rid the NFL of its selfish and greedy blackout rule.

The NFL's network and cable TV contracts are worth about $27 billion. The Direct TV package pays the league another $1 billion a year.

So what do the owners do? They punish home-town fans who don't buy overpriced playoff tickets by blacking out local TV coverage.

Why? They want their games to look full on TV. It's an image thing.

Bengals and Packers fans are facing blackouts, as of this writing. The Colts narrowly avoided a playoff blackout only by convincing quarterback Andrew Luck to beg fans on TV and radio to buy tickets.

It's unseemly. The NFL likes to try and embarrass the various teams and cities who face blackouts.

It's not them. It's the NFL, which does very little to show any love at all for the loyal fans responsible for allowing these billionaires to live in luxurious splendor.

Let's forget the fat cats for a while, though. Here are my predictions for this weekend's playoff games.

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