WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to the FCC releasing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the sports blackout rule, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:
"Sports blackouts are exceedingly rare, and NAB dislikes these disruptions as much as our viewers. However, we're concerned that today's proposal may hasten the migration of sports to pay-TV platforms, and will disadvantage the growing number of people who rely on free, over-the-air television as their primary source for sports. Allowing importation of sports programming on pay-TV platforms while denying that same programming to broadcast-only homes would erode the economic underpinning that sustains local broadcasting and our service to community."
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