Sports leagues and associations negotiate broadcast rights with local and national channels. As a TV service provider, Verizon is bound to adhere to the broadcast restrictions that are contracted between governing sports bodies and broadcasters.
Blackouts occur due to one of the following reasons:
A sports league or association has granted a national broadcaster exclusive rights to air a given sports event. For example: ESPN has exclusive rights to air games that begin after 5 p.m. ET on Sundays.
A sporting event is not sold out in time to lift blackout restrictions in a team’s home market. For example: NFL blackout restrictions apply if Sunday afternoon games are not sold out within 72 hours of kick-off.
Use the Sports Blackout Lookup Tool or Ask Verizon
Use the Lookup Tool to find out if a game is scheduled for blackout in your region. Blackout information is available up to 15 days before game time and is updated daily:
NOTE: Sports blackout rules change from time to time. As a general rule, if a game is blacked out in your area, always check your Interactive Media Guide to see if the game is airing on another FiOS TV channel.