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Learn about sports blackouts

Sports leagues and associations negotiate broadcast rights with local and national channels. As a TV service provider, Verizon is bound to adhere to the broadcast restrictions that are contracted between governing sports bodies and broadcasters.

 

Blackouts occur due to one of the following reasons:

  • A sports league or association has granted a national broadcaster exclusive rights to air a given sports event. For example: ESPN has exclusive rights to air games that begin after 5 p.m. ET on Sundays.
  • A sporting event is not sold out in time to lift blackout restrictions in a team’s home market. For example: NFL blackout restrictions apply if Sunday afternoon games are not sold out within 72 hours of kick-off.

 

Blackouts by Sport

Here are some blackout guidelines by sport:

 

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.



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