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Sellout, Blackout, or Get Out

Catherine C. Gropper and Benjamin Anderson ()

Journal of Sports Economics, 2018, vol. 19, issue 3, 332-370

Abstract: Prior to the 2012-2013 season, National Football League franchises had the option to significantly adjust their TV blackout policies for the first time since 1973. Using data from team policy choices and local TV blackouts during the 2007-2008 to 2014-2015 seasons, we examine whether the policy change was effective in reducing the probability of blackouts or affected attendance. Controlling for team-fixed effects, we find no evidence that policy-adopting teams experienced significantly fewer blackouts or a change in attendance following the policy implementation. Our analysis sheds light on the economic factors that are correlated with local TV blackouts and game attendance.

Keywords: TV blackout; attendance; National Football League (NFL); policy change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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