For anyone in Jacksonville who is sick of watching preseason NFL games this year, we have good news.
There will be two fewer preseason games on local television.
The reason? According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, the Jaguars’ two preseason home games are expected to be blacked out.
This means that the games won’t be aired live, or on a tape-delayed basis.
“The cost to produce the game is exactly the same whether it’s in prime
time or on tape delay at 11 or midnight,” WTEV general manager Jeff
Whitson told Kuharsky. “From a recouping-our-costs standpoint, advertisers are
not going to get the same value and can’t be charged the same. The
economics of the game’s whole plan change except for the expenses.”
But the games will be re-aired on NFL Network, along with the league’s other 63 preseason games.
The bigger question is whether the Jags can sell enough tickets to avoid a blackout of their regular-season home games.
Or whether they can make a bigger tarp by September.