If you don't follow sports too closely you may not realize that a sports blackout is a frustrating, strange, and often times counter-intuitive rule. Since 1975 the FCC has allowed broadcasters and leagues like the NFL to blackout local broadcasts of games. This usually occurs when those local teams don't sell out their games, they currently must sell 80% of their tickets to count as a sellout, and only affects local sports fans. The rule also banned those games to be broadcasted on cable alternatives in an effort to help support those local broadcasts and the NFL in general.
Now, decades later, the NFL isn't exactly struggling and blackouts have all but disappeared. Where 59% of games were blacked out in 75 only about 6% are blacked out now. And that 6% is located only in four cities, including my own hometown.
This isn't a huge change but some say this could drive the NFL to hide more games behind their pay for access TV channel. Once a week the NFL already has a Thursday night game only seen on their network and shoving more games behind that could change how we watch sports, and how the NFL operates in the future.