Though we somehow missed the official declaration of box-office surrender, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union points out that the Jaguars have announced that all 10 games played at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in 2009 will — not might, will — be blacked out locally.
Stellino also says that the venue might be only half filled on Saturday night, for the preseason home opener against the Buccaneers.
“We certainly appreciate those that can make it, because when they’re
here, they’re loud and very supportive,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “I know it’s
hard times. We’re going to entertain the ones that get here and put on
a good show.”
The bigger question is whether and to what extent this dynamic will play out in other cities. The Chargers have acknowledged concerns regarding blackouts on their official web site; we’ve heard that the league fears there could be more than a dozen teams facing challenges in this regard.