The NFL’s long-standing rule about blackouts – where games are blacked out on television in an area if the game is not sold out...

The NFL’s long-standing rule about blackouts – where games are blacked out on television in an area if the game is not sold out – is coming under fire from a California politician. Democratic Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña of San Diego will introduce a bill in the state’s legislature that reportedly would ban subsidies to the state’s NFL teams, for things like new stadiums, if the league continues its blackout policy toward those teams. Last season, several NFL teams had games blacked out, including the Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The last time the San Diego Chargers had a game blacked out was in 2004, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The league’s blackout policy has been in effect since 1973.