The National Football League established a record-low number of blackouts with only two games not televised this season in the local market of a home team, it was announced today. There were no blackouts in 15 of 17 weekends, also a record.
The previous record low was set in 2006 when seven games were blacked out. In 2006 13 of 17 weekends experienced no blackouts, a record until this year.
All NFL games are carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and, if it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff, in the city where the game is played. The NFL remains the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television.
A look at the percentage of games televised in local home markets and the number of local blackouts over the past 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years: