Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Football, NFL Blackout, Televsion
National Football League; Television broadcasting
Over the past week there has been some comment on the NFL television blackout policy that prohibits the televising of home games in the home market unless there has been a sellout 72 hours in advance of kickoff. Some, including Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, have suggested that in this time of economic crisis, when it appears that the number of sellouts of NFL games will be dropping, that Commissioner Goodell should end or suspend the blackout policy. This is a reasonable sentiment, although one might question if offering more blood and circuses offers a viable solution to America's economic problems, or if that suggests that the NFL should serve as one more version of the opium of the masses.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "End the NFL blackout!" (2009). On Sport and Society. 794.