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The FCC is putting an end to the NFL's nearly 40-year-old blackout rule.  The rule prevented games from being televised in a home team's market if the game wasn't sold out within 72 hours of kickoff. 

The NFL had fought hard to keep the rule intact for several reasons, not the least of which was to force local fans to buy unsold tickets.  After today's unanimous vote by FCC commissioners, cable and satellite companies can now broadcast NFL games in local markets even if all the tickets to the game are not sold. 

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