According to NFL rules, a pro-football game that is not sold out 72 hours before kickoff is blacked out on local television. Sports Business Journal reporter Daniel Kaplan says last season three teams — the Detroit Lions the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders — accounted for the nine games that were blacked out. This year, the number is up to 12 teams.
Dozen NFL Teams Could Face TV Blackouts
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