(Editor's note: Brian Frederick is the founder and an advocate of www.endblackouts.com. This was originally a FanPost here at Cincy Jungle, but we wanted to put it on the front page because of its relevance to the city of Cincinnati. Enjoy.)
A few weeks ago, I wrote a guest blog post on Cincy Jungle about our efforts to get the FCC to eliminate its sports blackout rule. Obviously, blackouts a great concern to many fans in the Cincinnati area. You can read that post here.
The FCC is asking the public what it should do, meaning that it’s up to us to actually speak up or they won’t change their rules. Because the FCC’s page for filing comments is a little confusing, we created a site – EndBlackouts.com – to make it easy to submit a comment. We’ll then present them to the FCC at once.
The thing is, fans only have until Monday to comment.
We’ve received a few comments from fans in the Cincinnati area, but unfortunately, most folks simply haven’t heard about this historic opportunity to get the FCC to change its 36-year-old blackout rule.
In Buffalo, by contrast, where the Bills had 3 out of 7 blackouts this season, fans are all over this. The media coverage has been great and our chapter chair produced and paid for an advertisement promoting EndBlackouts.com over Super Bowl weekend on NBC and ESPN.
The letters coming in from fans are heartbreaking in some cases. How does the NFL explain blacking out senior citizens and other fans who are physically unable to attend games?
Also, since the FCC announced its decision to review, several US Representatives have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of the FCC’s action and asking the NFL to change its policy on its own.
Anyway, blackouts have never been closer to being a thing of the past. But it’s absolutely vital that fans speak up and spread the word about this opportunity to be heard. Please encourage as many friends and family as possible to submit their own comments at EndBlackouts.com. (Or to do so directly to the FCC, just go to this page, use “12-3” as the proceeding number and attach your comments as a document.) Share the site on Facebook and Twitter and encourage the media to report on Monday’s deadline.
I’m not just blowing smoke here – we really can make a difference in this fight if we get enough fans to tell the FCC to eliminate its rule. But that’s incumbent on you all to spread the word to as many fans as you can. The FCC will look at the quantity as well as the quality of the comments. And please send to those fans in cities not affected by blackouts, as well, since eliminating the rule will likely mean lower ticket prices for all.
We’re on the goal line. We just gotta punch it in…
Thanks for your help.