The Federal Communications Commission's proposal to end blackout rules for sports in local TV markets would result in a "net negative" for viewers because it would lead to leagues shifting their games to pay TV, NAB said in a filing. "Unfortunately, given the interconnection between the Commission's rules governing broadcast carriage on pay TV and the copyright laws -- especially the distant signal compulsory copyright laws -- no better solution exists and the Commission's sports blackout rules remain a necessity," NAB writes.

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