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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on NFL owners’ vote to suspend the league’s policy of blacking out home games that do not nearly sell out at least 72 hours before kickoff:

“I am pleased by the decision today by NFL owners to suspend the possibility of blackouts of league games for next season, for which Senator Blumenthal and I have been advocating for several years. In recent years, we introduced legislation that would have banned blackouts in taxpayer-financed stadiums and conditioned leagues’ antitrust exemptions on ending their blackout policies. Last year, the FCC has voted to spike the federal sports blackout rule that contributed to the likelihood of blackouts. And last fall, Senator Blumenthal and I sent a letter to Commissioner Goodell urging the league to voluntarily rescind its local blackout policies or face continued pressure from sports fans and the Congress.

“I appreciate the leadership displayed by the NFL’s owners, and urge them to make today’s decision permanent league policy as soon as possible.”