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NFL-Style Local TV Blackout Would Help NASCAR’s Empty Seat Problem at Indy

Sports fans hate TV blackouts. In fact, two of the first three suggested results on Google for "sports blackouts" prove it: "Sports blackouts are stupid" and "sports blackout lawsuit" come in as two of the first three. They aren't exactly endearing terms. And who doesn't agree? The blackout rules enforced by Major League Baseball's mishmash of official broadcast markets routinely shuts out fans unfairly, and the NFL's requirement of a regular season game sellout plus gerrymandered coverage maps is often even worse. Those examples make it hard for me to come to my conclusion after yet another sparsely-attended Brickyard 400. A local TV blackout for NASCAR in Indianapolis is needed. Now before you get too heated, you need to know two things: ...

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