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Local blackout in Detroit

For the first time in more than a year, the Detroit Lions are heading into a game they’re expected to win:  The Lions, who hadn’t been favored since Week 1 of 2008, are favored in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

But just because the Lions are expected to win, that doesn’t mean the fans in Detroit are excited about seeing them: The game didn’t sell out within 72 hours of kickoff, meaning it will be blacked out on local television.

As of Wednesday, the Lions still had more than 10,000 tickets available, so the blackout is no surprise.

This is the second time the Lions have been blacked out this season; the previous blackout was the only game the Lions have won in the last two seasons, against the Redskins on September 27.

So most Detroit fans missed the Lions’ only win in more than a year, and now they’re ready to miss the only game the Lions have been expected to win in more than a year. But if Detroit fans don’t much care about seeing their team, it’s hard to blame them: Over the last two seasons, the Lions are 1-21. The Rams’ record over the last two years is 2-21.

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11 Responses to “Local blackout in Detroit”
  1. LionsFan says: Oct 29, 2009 2:06 PM

    It is very hard to blame Detroit fans for not wanting to pay top dollar to see this game. It was great to see the Lions finally win a game earleir this year (I went to that one), but where’s the draw for seeing a still very, very bad football team possibly win its 2nd game of the season? There’s nothing real special about that.
    Then you have the lack of talent on the filed as such NFL luminaries as Marc Bulger, Danny Amendola and Paris Lenon do battle with Bryant Johnson, William James and Dominic Raiola.
    As Florio says:
    Wow.
    Wow.
    Also don’t let the fact that these two teams are a combined 1-38 in their last 39 games deter you, as the action will be fierce, the atmosphere electric and the history books will be written, claiming this to be the game of all games. It’ll be awesome!
    On the bright side, it looks like Stafford and Calvin Johnson might actually play on Sunday.

  2. therealwags says: Oct 29, 2009 2:15 PM

    LionsFan-
    I was just coming here to say that and the fact that the economy in Detroit is, well, basically in a Depression, so yeah, blame the fans for not ‘wanting’ to see their team. Stay classy MDS

  3. JoePawn says: Oct 29, 2009 2:17 PM

    Now if we can just get the NFL to black this game out nationally we can all be a little bit better off.

  4. doe22us says: Oct 29, 2009 2:27 PM

    This is the game that S. Jax finally scores his tds and runs wild all over the lions. I have been waiting for that all season long.

  5. GoBrowns19 says: Oct 29, 2009 2:37 PM

    Good job NFL. Punish depression ridden Detroit because nobody can afford $60 tickets to watch two teams with a combined 1 win. I hope the UFL takes over one day and we can afford to see games or see the home games on tv.

  6. pumpkinpuke12 says: Oct 29, 2009 3:21 PM

    So when the Jags get blacked out its crappy fans but when loser Detroit fan no shows its the economy.
    Could it be the garbage of a product on the field??

  7. falstaff1962 says: Oct 29, 2009 3:34 PM

    More hubris from a league that is routinely seeing several teams each week struggle to sell out games. NFL- pull your collective heads out and look at the real world. Stop punishing people who don’t want to shell out $100 plus dollars to see two teams that are a combined 1-15 or whatever they are.

  8. mwcarolina says: Oct 29, 2009 5:52 PM

    why don’t lions fans want to see this, first off Stafford has been better than most of the fans thought and second they can win this game even if Stafford didnt play, which i think he will, Stafford has a great future.

  9. FixorrepairD says: Oct 29, 2009 6:10 PM

    Who would want to watch this game? There is more talent on the field at any college game than you will find at Ford Field this coming Sunday. Shame on the fans in Detroit for giving WCF money to watch this pathetic team. It is called supporting the madness!

  10. Tinbender says: Oct 29, 2009 7:49 PM

    Whats the unemployment rate in Detroit, around 37%? Way to go NFL, don’t budge on the black out rule during a recession, lose a bunch of fans forever, Dumbf*#ks!

  11. Backinthesaddle says: Oct 29, 2009 8:07 PM

    “LOCAL BLACKOUT IN DETROIT”
    The city is a hellhole. They should just turn all the power off permanently and abandon it.

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