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National Football League (NFL) Blackouts National Football League (NFL) Blackouts
The local and cable channels who currently own TV rights to air NFL games are:
Sunday Regional Games
No regional home game can be televised locally if it is not sold out within 72 hours of game time. In some cases, the NFL may extend the deadline if the game is nearly sold out. In rare circumstances, deadlines have been extended to as little as 24 hours before of kick off.
Regional blackout rules do not apply to national games aired on NBC, ESPN, or the NFL Network. However, nationally aired games may be simulcast to the local markets of the two teams. For the home team to simulcast the game locally, the same 72-hour sellout deadline for regional blackouts applies.
Game Time Changes
During the last seven weeks of the NFL regular season, games originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon may be switched to either Sunday night, or in some cases, a game originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, may be moved to 4:00 p.m. ET instead. The NFL does this so games that are considered to have significant fan interest can be repositioned so that more viewers can watch the game.
NOTE: Sports blackout rules change from time to time. As a general rule, if a game is blacked out in your area, always check your Interactive Media Guide to see if the game is airing on another FiOS TV channel.
See also: Learn about sports blackouts