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PHOENIX – The owners of NFL teams voted Monday to suspend the league’s blackout policy for the 2015 season.

The owners, who are meeting in Arizona this week, decided to suspend the policy for this year, but it still could be brought back in future years.

The NFL’s blackout policy requires teams to sell out at least 85 percent of game tickets 72 hours prior to kickoff to avoid a blackout in their local TV market. In 2015 however, there will be no blackouts and the preseason or regular season.

Between 2010 and 2013, 10 Chargers home games were not locally televised in San Diego due to low attendance, according to U-T San Diego.  They came close to a blackout several times in 2014.

Adopting the 85-percent threshold helped in 2014, as they previously were requiring 100 percent of tickets be sold to prevent a blackout.

The Federal Communications Commission ended a blackout policy in 2014 which sparked a national movement to end blackouts.  It appears the league has been giving into the pressure.

The policy hasn’t had to be enforced as much in recent years. There were 26 blackouts in 2010. However, in 2014 there were none, the league said in a statement.

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