NFL Owners Vote to Change Blackout Rule

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) In what is a major change for the NFL, team owners have agreed to allow football games to be broadcast locally if a team sells at least 85% of the stadium's tickets.

The new rule is optional for teams, who have the option to set the threshold for broadcast to be higher than the 85%.

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission agreed to review the decades old blackout rule.

The FCC received the most comments from Buffalo Bills fans.

Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins also contacted the FCC on behalf of local Buffalo Bills fans.

Under the new rule, home teams will have to share more revenue if they agree to broadcast the game with only 85% ticket sales.

Fans say the rule change will make it more fair for teams with larger stadiums to have home games broadcast locally.

The Buffalo Bills say they are reviewing the new rule and will "comment at the appropriate time."