Forget basketball and the NCAA tournament for a minute here. Let’s talk football.
The NFL is having its annual owners meeting this week in Phoenix, out of which have come two things of note:
One: the NFL’s gonna suspend its longstanding and much-hated blackout rule for this coming season. That’s the rule that had kept home games off television in local markets unless they’re sold out 72 hours before kickoff.
And two: the league will broadcast the October 25 Jacksonville vs. Buffalo game online via Facebook or YouTube.
When you consider that the NFL signed $27 billion worth of television contracts just a couple of years ago, it’s an interesting first step.