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In one of the first bits of new from the NFL League Meetings in Phoenix this week, the league has announced that it will scrap its TV blackout policy for the 2015 season, as  first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

That’s the policy that states that games will not be shown in home markets unless the game is declared a sell out within 72 hours of kickoff.

There’s been some political pressure on the NFL to do away with this rule.

It also won’t have much real tangible impact with the NFL having morphed into an uncommon state of popularity — no games were blacked out in 2014 and just two in 2013 (though some of those came when teams made deals to sell lots of tickets cheap in the days before games to avoid blackouts, something that won’t have to happen now).

This also won’t really impact the Seahawks, who have sold out 105 straight home games, with all but one game since 2003 a sell out.

Seattle capped season ticket sales at 63,000 last season with a 99 percent renewal rate and expects to have a similar renewal rate this year.

Still, the experiment to scrap it for a year is significant symbolically, if nothing else, as the NFL is often resistant to change.

The blackout policy dates to 1973 when owners were concerned that TV might take away from the live gate, and enacted the policy as a way to compel fans to still buy tickets and fill up stadiums.