Sports blackout rules are local or regional restrictions set by the broadcasters, professional sports teams, and their respective leagues. Blackouts are set to promote loyalty and fan support that generates revenue for local teams.
Each league has different blackout rules that can change at any time. Sometimes a local sports team blacks out a game in the city (and surrounding regions) where it’s being played to encourage fan attendance at the game. Or, a game may only be available to local residents and is blacked out for the rest of the country.
Blackouts are usually set for city centres (typically within 50 km) or for regions, which can include provinces and territories. Blackouts can also apply to pay per view sporting events.
When you tune in to an event that has been blacked out for your area, you will be notified via an on-screen message.