Earlier today, the FCC voted to end the sports blackout rule that prevented professional sports games from being broadcast locally if not enough tickets were sold. The vote was unanimous, which is not surprising given how unpopular this rule is with basically everyone who doesn’t own a team. Reportedly, this does not actually end the blackouts, just the FCC rule that causes it. Leagues could still black out games, but they would at least have to admit that they are the ones responsible and not use the FCC to deflect criticism away from themselves. From now on, game blackouts can only be blamed on the leagues and not the government.