Sports leagues and associations such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc., negotiate broadcasting rights with local and national channels. Verizon is bound to adhere to the broadcast restrictions that are contracted between the governing sports bodies and broadcasters.
Blackouts occur due to one of the following reasons:
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.
Additional information can be found at FCC Sports Blackouts.
Current blackout guidelines, organized by sport, appear below.