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NFL suspends blackout rule for one-year

PHOENIX -- The NFL said Monday that it is suspending its blackout rule for one season.

The blackout rule, which  has been in place since 1975, is enacted when a home team fails to sell 85 percent of its non-premium tickets within 72 hours of kickoff. As a result, viewers in the local area don't receive the game.

The league will revisit the issue after the 2015 season.

The move seems to be an obvious response to the political pressure that has been placed on the NFL to abandon the blackout policy, especially for teams such as the Bills who have one of the larger stadiums in the league that is more difficult to sell out than others.

The Bills had no blackouts in 2014 and one in 2013.


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