PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- We are nearly 13 weeks into the National Football League season and the league has managed to air every game in its home market. One would think that would be a regular occurrence for a league with nearly $10 billion in revenue and an average ticket price of more than $80, but in the modern NFL it's a holiday miracle.Last season, the NFL had taken 12 games off the air in their home markets by Week 13 with the help of its blackout rule. The simple rule of thumb was that if a team didn't sell out a game 72 hours before kickoff, that game had to go off the air on any station broadcasting from within a 75-mile radius of the home team's stadium. That rule's origins date back to the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961 that helped establish the league's antitrust exemption, but the NFL hasn't had a blackout-free year since tweaking that rule in 1972 to add the "72 hours before kickoff" stipulation.
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