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Jaguars blacked out again

It’s no surprise, but the Jaguars confirmed Thursday that this Sunday’s home game with the Rams will be blacked out.

The Jaguars didn’t apply for an extension to try to sell out their non-premium seats, which also isn’t a surprise. For one thing, owner Wayne Weaver’s prediction that the team would have all of their home games blacked out this season. And, for another, the Rams are hardly the kind of opposition that’s going to spark much interest among the local football fans.

What was looking like a busy weekend in the blackout business may wind up with only the Jaguars and Raiders failing to have their games televised in the local market. The Buccaneers have already avoided the blackout, while the Bengals received a 24-hour extension to extend their 46-game sellout streak.

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  1. Roboto says: Oct 16, 2009 10:30 AM

    The is not one reason to have any respect for this team or this organization(Jacksonville Jaguars).

  2. Big Stretch says: Oct 16, 2009 10:34 AM

    It’s ridiculous in this economy that the local fans don’t get to watch their teams on TV. I know that cheap tickets can be had for $40-$50, but add in parking and food and by the time the game is over it costs a person $100 for the day and thats if you go the cheapest route possible with seats in the upper level endzone. I got tickets for me and my girlfriend for the dolphins / saints game and the whole day is gonna cost me $400 and thats for low level endzone tickets and decent parking.

  3. Resolution says: Oct 16, 2009 10:45 AM

    Obnoxious and overly greedy. Regardless, they are pricing themselves out of town so they can justify moving. What does that do? fan alienation. Why would fans be loyal to them if they are not loyal to the fans?

  4. Bob S. says: Oct 16, 2009 10:46 AM

    They won’t ever be blacked out in Los Angeles.

  5. DMurph says: Oct 16, 2009 10:49 AM

    @Big Stretch
    WAGH WAGH WAGH.
    I didn’t realize the NFL was a charity.

  6. TheBigOldDog says: Oct 16, 2009 10:49 AM

    The NFL is cutting off its nose to spite its faces by putting these teams into death spirals.
    Blackouts -> less fan interest -> lower attendance -> more blackouts -> less fan interest -> lower attendance still … eventually, unless there is a hail Mary like a superstar player or coach coming in, the talk starts about the team moving.
    It’s short sighted imo.

  7. Big Stretch says: Oct 16, 2009 10:50 AM

    @ Roboto —–
    It’s not about respecting the organization, which I agree with you about how bad they are, but there are fans that just can not afford to go to games. It is unfortunate that those people do not even get to watch their teams play on local TV.

  8. Twiz says: Oct 16, 2009 10:55 AM

    It was reported at the beginning of the season that most likely all the Jags home games would be blacked out. That being said, one would think the ONLY reason to bring up the Jags regarding blackouts if they somehow happen to avoid one. Anything beyond that is just Lord Florio tryin to get hits on his site.
    Last Jags blackout link I’ll click!

  9. HATERADE says: Oct 16, 2009 10:58 AM

    WHY NOT/WHO CARES!!!!?
    hardly anyone on this entire planet gives a rats @$$ about kitty cats and lambs bumpin uglies!!!

  10. SlimPickens says: Oct 16, 2009 11:08 AM

    Los Angeles Jaguars.
    Florio to ESPN-West Coast.
    you sneaking little mountain man

  11. Big Stretch says: Oct 16, 2009 11:09 AM

    DMurph says:
    October 16, 2009 10:49 AM
    @Big Stretch
    WAGH WAGH WAGH.
    I didn’t realize the NFL was a charity.
    ————————————————-
    NFL teams profit around 20-30 million a year you would think they could drop ticket prices so that more people would go to games. I know that if I would go to more games than i do if it didn’t cost me $200 per person.
    Charity my ass, what you think the owners are barely getting by jackass?

  12. Big Stretch says: Oct 16, 2009 11:12 AM

    also the NFL has a 4 billion dollar deal with direct TV….I think they could drop prices, at least on the cheap seats to allow more fans to actually go to the games.

  13. SATAN567 says: Oct 16, 2009 11:19 AM

    Can anybody say… Los Angeles Jaguars?

  14. BigOx says: Oct 16, 2009 11:40 AM

    Everytime I see Jacksonville coming up short on sellouts makes me sick. The NFL awarding this city a franchise, and telling Baltimore “to use the money to build a museum” during the last expansion turns my stomach. Hey Cleveland fans – I feel your pain, but Baltimore tried doing it the polite way but was scorned. One of the few mistakes the NFL has made (including games in foreign countries).

  15. FLORIO_IS_A_SELLOUT says: Oct 16, 2009 11:40 AM

    “The Jaguars didn’t apply for an extension to try and sell out their non-premium seats, which also isn’t a surprise. For one thing, owner Wayne Weaver’s prediction that the team would have all of their home games blacked out this season.”
    The second sentence here is grammatically incorrect, there is a subject, but no predicate. A fourth grade English teacher would flag that with a red pen. Step your game here, fellas.

  16. DMurph says: Oct 16, 2009 11:42 AM

    @Big Stretch
    So because they’re profitable they should start giving away product for free? Sounds like a smart business plan.
    The pricing of Jaguars tickets is among the most competitive in the league. The half packs/flex packs/pick your game pack stuff they do is unlike anything else in the league. If people can’t afford to go I get that and it’s fine. Just acknowledge that the market can’t support the team.
    If you eliminate the blackout rule then there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. You only further devalue the product. If the team can’t sell out then inevitably will have to move and you can’t fault the owner for that.

  17. HughJassPhD says: Oct 16, 2009 1:02 PM

    I *wish* someone would blackout the Redskins.

  18. Heybeerman95 says: Oct 16, 2009 1:05 PM

    Don’t feel sorry for the Jags or their fans. They have had trouble filling that stadium almost from the get go. Yes thing are bad right now across the county but what is their excuse the last few years? Jacksonville should have never been given a franchise in the first place. There are several cities around the country that should have NFL teams and don’t. San Antonio and L.A. are two of them. Should ticket prices be cheaper? Hell yes but that isn’t going to change things in Jacksonville. Quite frankly I think that if all the games are blacked out you might see the S.A. or L.A. Jaguars in the near future. Maybe that is the play. I don’t think that Wayne Weaver would be too upset about that.

  19. Jag4Life says: Oct 16, 2009 1:15 PM

    Roboto and Big Ox:
    You RETARDS are so idiotic. Do you really thin anyone cares about your respect of a team or organization. RESPECT DEEZ NUTS!!!!
    Big Ox:
    What do you know about Jax or the NFL. Jax has never had a problem selling tickets until this season and then here’s comes all the dumbasses who know nothing about football. ” Why did the NFL give this city a team?” Blah, blah, blah. Jax has consistently sold tickets. For exampl,e last season was 19th in tickets sells among the 32 teams. So I guess all those other teams 20-32 should not have an NFL team either. GO CHOKE YOURSELF, RETARD.!!!!!!!!!

  20. Big Stretch says: Oct 16, 2009 1:15 PM

    I’m not saying they should be selling tickets for $5 a seat, but if you can’t sell them at $40 why not reduce the price and get what you can, we all know the jags time in jacksonville is fleeting, but what is the point of keeping seats empty if you can sell them for $20. I just dont understand that logic.
    If I owned a business and was not able to move my product at $2 why not try to sell it for $1, especially when $1 would still be a profit.

  21. billyboy says: Oct 16, 2009 1:23 PM

    I loved Goodell’s arrogant response of “Absolutely not” to the question “does it make sense to temporarily lift the black out rules until the economy turns around?” The NFL has gotten way too over bloated to where they’re primary interest now is in catering to the millions of posers and alter demographics who never watch a regular season game, have absolutely no idea what the rules are and do nothing but show up for the superbowl party each year. The NFL will fall flat on their face and will hopefully never recover to the pinnacle they’re at right now if they arrogantly allow themselves to go on strike (again).

  22. zygi milf says: Oct 16, 2009 1:42 PM

    Jag4Life says:
    October 16, 2009 1:15 PM
    “What do you know about Jax or the NFL. Jax has never had a problem selling tickets until this season and then here’s comes all the dumbasses who know nothing about football. ”
    ****************
    Then, kind sir, please explain the ever-growing tarp on the second deck of the Jacksonville stadium.

  23. Northside of Jax says: Oct 16, 2009 1:53 PM

    Listen here Jokers, I am a season ticket holder for the Jags. I am a loyal fan. I believe that everything is the problem. The economy, the lack of fan base, the city & the owner.
    I hope that everyone wakes up before its too late.
    Duval should be proud that we have a team. Any other city would kill to have a NFL franchise.
    “I hope that everyone wakes up before its too late”

  24. Big Vinny says: Oct 16, 2009 1:55 PM

    BigStretch,
    I agree with your rationale about selling tickets at a lower price is better than not selling them. In the airline industry the theory is that once a plane leaves the gate with an empty seat that’s revenue that can never be regained. That’s why you can get a $19 seat minutes before takeoff.
    The NFL should do the same. If you have 20,000 tickets left on Friday, start selling those damn things for $20 and fill the place up. Once it’s Monday, that revenue is GONE.

  25. zygi milf says: Oct 16, 2009 2:12 PM

    Big Vinny says:
    October 16, 2009 1:55 PM
    BigStretch,
    I agree with your rationale about selling tickets at a lower price is better than not selling them. In the airline industry the theory is that once a plane leaves the gate with an empty seat that’s revenue that can never be regained. That’s why you can get a $19 seat minutes before takeoff.
    “The NFL should do the same. If you have 20,000 tickets left on Friday, start selling those damn things for $20 and fill the place up. Once it’s Monday, that revenue is GONE.”
    **********
    The problem with that logic is that everyone would wait until the last minute – then all seats go for $20.

  26. afcjags03 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:30 PM

    Well zigy milf, The stadium was simply built too big for the market. The stadium was built the way it was to appease the Florida/Georgia game and to host the Gator Bowl. That is hardly Wayne Weaver’s fault. A 77K seat facility in an area of about 700K, with a little over one million in the region in population is a bit big.
    So they covered up 10K seats to fit the stadium to the actual market size. Since that happened we have not had a problem with blackouts until this season. I for one, volunteer with the Jags and can tell you that 60-70% of people that did not renew stated because it was for the economy. That’s 10,000+ people affected by the economy that had season tickets.
    This is a one year abberation, hopefully, I think for the Jaguars. Jacksonville has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the entire country right now. We also have an 11% unemployment rate. In the Jax metro area, that means 3 in 10 people are out of a job. People are going to take care of their family first and foremost.
    It’s a shame the media doesn’t dig further into a story rather than, “Jags game blacked out, the city sucks”, it shows the inability of national media to write a column worth a darn and thus mis-informs people in other places.
    As another pster mentioned, last season, and the previous seasons, we had higher fan averages than places like Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Chicago, among at least 8-9 other teams. These are facts. So how exactly can Jax not support a team? If you are using this one single season as an example, than you have a point, but to base an opinion off one season is down right ignorant and closed minded.
    I think the fans will be back next season once people can get ground back under their feet.

  27. DMurph says: Oct 16, 2009 2:31 PM

    @ Big Vinny & Big Stretch
    How will that impact renewals of season tickets?
    If you can’t fill a stadium with the 2nd lowest blackout number when you have the cheapest tickets in the league then the responsibility lies with the market.

  28. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 16, 2009 2:37 PM

    Once again, your prediction of L.A. Jaguars is rejected.
    L.A. doesnt want or need them.
    You really think LA football fans are going to pack a Stadium to see the Jags vs Texans?????
    Stop insulting this region.
    The Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Trojans and the……………………Jaguars????
    lol
    We dont want your hapless Viking, Jaguars, Bills, Chargers or any other useless franchise.
    All these franchises have 0 SB wins. And have 9 SB losses combined.
    Give us the 49ERS..

  29. titansfan615 says: Oct 16, 2009 2:40 PM

    You can say I hate Jacksonville with a passion, but I am going to be completely unbiased and write from the terms of a football fan and a person not just a Titans fan. Jacksonville is a city that has too much to do outside of downtown. If Jacksonville had some type of night life downtown, maybe they would get more people down there to watch their games. I was there two weekends ago and when our game was over with, we went to the hotel and asked what there was to do downtown. Pretty much they told us we could go out to eat or go to another part of Jacksonville(like the beach or something). Jacksonville as a downtown district was not ready to have a team. It was a good gametime experience, much like a minor league baseball game to keep people in the seats, but not a NFL town. When the game was over, downtown was a ghost town. The city needs to do a better job of getting people to come downtown during gamedays and giving them more options of stuff to do while they are downtown. But then again, everyone in Florida is a Dolphins fan or a Bucs fan and i dont think a lot of people have changed their allegiance with their childhood teams. Drafting Tebow will be their best option to get fans in the seats seeing as they can sell 85000 tickets to the Florida vs Georgia game in that same stadium.

  30. CommonSense says: Oct 16, 2009 3:06 PM

    I’m a Jags season ticket holder. There is no doubt the Jags are struggling in Jacksonville, but moving to a new city is not the answer. Didn’t L.A. already lose a team a few years ago? Why try that again? The reason the Jags are losing their fan base started with Shaq Harris drafting and trading for players with moves that a 2 yearold cannot figure out. He created a team destined to lose. Gene Smith has stepped in and is slowly fixing the problems. Jags tickets will sell if they start winning. 41-0 routing by Seahawks won’t cut it. Del Rio should be next to leave Jacksonville, not the Jags.

  31. Big Vinny says: Oct 16, 2009 3:15 PM

    zygi milf,
    Absolutely discounting tickets is not a long term answer. And yes, if people start seeing they can get a $75 ticket for $20 if they wait until Friday, then EVERYONE will wait until Friday and half of the season ticket base will evaporate.
    Just do it this year and this year only. Just a temporary fix for a very bad year.
    I don’t care what anyone else says, I truly believe that if this team were to go 14-2 like in 1999 they’d have to rip the tarps off and would fill up the 73,000.
    Maybe we’re bad fans in Jax because we all stopped going when the team got bad.
    But hey, I’ll be there Sunday.

  32. Big Stretch says: Oct 16, 2009 3:24 PM

    my point was only to avoid blackouts. I’m not saying that teams should just change the base price of tickets. If a team is 5000 tickets short of a sell out on thursday then why not offer 5000 tickets at discounted prices? Have it be where the first 5000 to call get the reduced price so that they call “sell out” or offer family deals with 2 for the price of 1. Again I’m not suggesting this be done for club or lower level seats, but why not consider it for upper level?

  33. Jag4Life says: Oct 16, 2009 4:36 PM

    afcjags03:
    Thank you for responding to ZYGI MILF and every other person who doesn’t understand JAX or the way football works in any city.
    One bad season doesn’t equate not being able to support a football team. The stadium was built too big for Jax, that is why the tarp is there and now 66,000 is on point with all the team with the population of Jax.
    Bottom Line: Times are tough in Jax, but WINNING CURES ALL. If the Jags get their shit together and make a good push, tickets will sell like hot cakes and the same goes for any city having ticket problems. Then next year all of this moving to LA nonsense will be over b/c clearly the Jags will NEVER move to LA.
    I must quote Herm Edwards “You play to win the game”. WINNING HEALS ALL WOUNDS

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