The NFL’s Other Problem: Fake Fans Lobbying for the Blackout

By Anonymous

The FCC got thousands of letters from purported fans urging it not to kill the pro-football TV-blackout rule; many weren’t real

WASHINGTON—“I write as a football fan,” read the letter to the Federal Communications Commission, “to strongly urge you to maintain the FCC’s current broadcast rules.”

It was signed Bilbo Baggins, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

That’s odd, because the Mr. Baggins everyone knows isn’t human or from Brooklyn. He’s a hobbit from Middle Earth in “The Lord...