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Blackout

1. A situation in which local television and radio stations do not broadcast a live sports match or similar event. A blackout is most common when a company wishes to increase ticket sales for the event. The blackout may be canceled if the event sells all tickets a certain number of days before.

2. See: Blackout period.
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The government immediately placed a media blackout on all written and visual news.
Monday's move was met with immediate approval by one of the sponsors of legislation to eliminate the blackout permanently.
Meanwhile, pensioners noticed that the rolling blackouts cause many difficulties as many of them live alone.
The Lovinses could have been writing after the 2003 blackout.
After all, baseball has been mired in the blackout policy for so long, I had simply become Pavlov's dog: you said the words "FOX" and "national broadcast deal" and my response was to write "arcane blackout policy" for the ten-billionth time.
Therefore, the government still considers it necessary to make preparations for possible rolling blackouts while planning to ease its power-saving requests to some areas.
To get a sense of the mortality from a blackout, they collected data on New York City's weather conditions, air pollution levels and causes of deaths reported during the blackout in August 2003.
The survey revealed that 24 percent admitted to having had a total blackout while 37 percent said they had only experienced a partial one.
Blackouts are perilous--for the victims, for their families, for society.
This makes the keg party on college campuses a virtual recipe for blackouts.
Station facilities were not affected by the blackouts, the bureau said.
Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore will launch a blackouts checklist as part of an awareness campaign this week.