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Countdown to Blackout

10:50 AM, Jan 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The Cincinnati Bengals won their division and made it to the playoffs but are having difficulty selling enough tickets to this weekend's game against the San Diego Chargers to avoid a local television blackout.

As local station WCPO reports:

After getting a 24-hour reprieve from the NFL, the Bengals have until 4 p.m. Friday to sell out Paul Brown Stadium for Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. game against the San Diego Chargers and ensure that the game will be shown on local TV.

This blackout business is the evil spawn of a collaboration between the government (Federal Communications Commission) and an exceedingly well-connected cartel – the NFL. Which might account for the resemblance to Obamacare.  First, in the definition a “sellout” as a game for which 85 percent of seating is paid for.  And, then, in the arbitrary extension of deadlines.  And, finally, in the haste of opportunistic politicians to jump on a bandwagon of public resentment.

What we need now is for one of them to say, If you like your home team ...

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