October 1, 2014: Government Ends N.F.L.'s Blackout Rule, ‘Tonight Show’ Plans West Coast Tour, U.N. Conference on Gender Equity Will Be Men-Only

By Beth Kormanik October 1, 2014, 8:39 AM EDT

1. GOVERNMENT ENDS N.F.L.’S BLACKOUT RULE: The Federal Communications Commission voted to end its rule allowing the N.F.L. to keep its games from airing on local television for games with poor attendance. The rule encouraged people to buy tickets and support the local teams and stadiums, but federal regulators said it no longer made sense in an age when the league makes more money from TV deals than from ticket sales. Washington Post: “The rule was initially put in place in 1975 amid concerns of flagging attendance at live sports games. At the time, almost 60 percent of NFL games were blacked out on broadcast TV because not enough fans were showing up at stadiums. Today, that figure stands at less than one percent. … In new contracts, the NFL would have to renew those blackout provisions over the objections of the federal government. On Tuesday, the FCC’s message was clear: If the NFL chooses that path, it will be the only one bearing the brunt of consumer ire, particularly from low-income Americans and the disabled who can’t make it or have a harder time getting to the games.”

2. ‘TONIGHT SHOW’ PLANS WEST COAST TOUR: A year after moving The Tonight Show back to New York, host Jimmy Fallon is planning a West Coast residency, first making a stop at at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix following NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XLIX and then moving to Los Angeles to film at Universal Studios Hollywood from February 2-5. The Hollywood Reporter:

3. U.N. CONFERENCE ON GENDER EQUITY WILL BE MEN-ONLY: A United Nations conference on women and gender equality will gather only male leaders. Described as a “barbershop” conference, the event is sponsored by Iceland and Suriname as part of a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of a landmark U.N. conference on women in Beijing. Associated Press:


BOSTON:  Kennedy’s on the Square is now open in Harvard Square. Serving items such as a smoked meatball sub and duck panini, the 94-seat venue has a vault space that can host private events for small groups.

CHICAGO:  Actress Anjelica Huston will discuss her memoir, Watch Me, at the closing event for the Chicago Humanities Festival’s Fall Festival on November 14.

LAS VEGAS:  Comedian Lisa Lampanelli will perform in the Lipshtick show at the Sands Showroom Friday and Saturday.

The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil will partner with members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic for a collaboration on October 26, the closing afternoon of the three-day Life Is Beautiful festival.

LOS ANGELES:  AEG announced Monday that it is seeking a six-month extension to its existing agreement with the City of Los Angeles for the Farmers Field Project, which was scheduled to expire on October 18. AEG said it needs additional time to pursue an N.F.L. franchise and also to further assess and develop an alternative plan for the expansion and modernization of the convention center and the potential construction of another large hotel at L.A. Live.

Etiquette Specialist Julie Ann Ulcickas will lead an etiquette session for children at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 11. The event will include a cooking class with chef Mette Williams from Culina, Modern Italian and a three-course lunch.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Marriott Stanton South Beach has debuted “Selfie Spots,” five areas within the beachfront hotel designated as the perfect place to snap selfies. The areas are marked by a circular sticker and have the hashtag #StantonSelfie and the hotel’s social handles.

MONTREAL:  PSAV recently opened a new 5,000-square-foot office and equipment warehouse in Montreal to provide audiovisual services for 15 hotels and another five properties in the Ottawa area.

NEW YORK:  The booming dining scene in lower Manhattan continues to grow, with chef Joël Robuchon announcing plans to reopen L'Atelier at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, and chef Mario Batali opening another Eataly at 4 World Trade Center. Eater:

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ORLANDO:  The Orchid Garden on Church Street has undergone a $2 million renovation and is now available for rental for private events. Orlando Sentinel:

SAN FRANCISCO:  The historic Brannan Cottage Inn, a six-room property, reopens today in Napa Valley.

TORONTO:  World MasterCard Fashion Week will host its Spring/Summer 2015 Collections Event in David Pecaut Square October 20-25.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The restaurant Driftwood Kitchen, soon to open on H Street Northeast, will have 150 seats indoors and a 60-seat patio that has pet-friendly elements such as leash ties. Brightest Young Things:

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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