Goto Section: 76.125 | 76.128 | Table of Contents
Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 |
§ 76.127 Satellite sports blackout.
(a) Upon the request of the holder of the broadcast rights to a sports
event, or its agent, no satellite carrier shall retransmit to
subscribers within the area comprising the specified zone a "nationally
distributed superstation" or "network station" carrying the live
television broadcast of a sports event if the event is not available
live on a television broadcast station meeting the criteria specified
in § 76.128. For purposes of this section, if there is no television
station licensed to the community in which the sports event is taking
place, the applicable specified zone shall be that of the television
station licensed to the community with which the sports event or team
is identified, or, if the event or local team is not identified with
any particular community, the nearest community to which a television
station is licensed.
(b) Notification of the programming to be deleted pursuant to this
Section shall include the following information:
(1) The name and address of the party requesting the program deletion;
(2) The date, time and expected duration of the sports event the
television broadcast of which is to be deleted;
(3) The call letters of the nationally distributed superstation or
network station(s) from which the deletion is to be made;
(4) The U.S. postal zip codes that encompass the specified zone.
(c) Notifications given pursuant to this section must be received by
the satellite carrier:
(1) With respect to regularly scheduled events, within forty-eight (48)
hours after the time of the telecast to be deleted is known; or, for
events that comprise a season or pre-season period, fifteen (15) days
prior to the first event of the season or pre-season, respectively; and
no later than the Monday preceding the calendar week (Sunday-Saturday)
during which the program deletion is to be made.
(2) As to events not regularly scheduled and revisions of notices
previously submitted, within twenty-four (24) hours after the time of
the telecast to be deleted is known, but in any event no later than
twenty-four (24) hours from the time the subject telecast is to take
(d) A satellite carrier is not required to delete a sports event from
an individual subscriber who is located outside the specified zone,
notwithstanding that the subscriber lives within a zip code provided by
the holder of the broadcast rights pursuant to paragraph (b) of this
(e) A satellite carrier is not required to delete a sports event if it
has fewer than 1,000 subscribers within the relevant specified zone who
subscribe to the nationally distributed superstation or network station
carrying the sports event for which deletion is requested pursuant to
paragraph (b) of this section.
(f) Notwithstanding paragraph (c) of this section, for sports events to
be deleted on or before March 31, 2001, notification must be received
by satellite carriers at least 60 full days prior to the day the
telecast is to be deleted.
[ 65 FR 68101 , Nov. 14, 2000, as amended at 68 FR 14341 , Mar. 25, 2003]
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Goto Section: 76.125 | 76.128
Goto Year: 2013 |
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