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Dolphins-Jaguars game will be blacked out

With a playoff-intensity game coming on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the Jacksonville Jaguars still are not able to sell out their home stadium.

The Jags announced Thursday that the non-premium tickets will remain unsold 72 hours before kickoff, which means that the game won’t be televised locally.

Though the specific number of unsold non-premium seats isn’t yet known, it wasn’t close enough to prompt the Jaguars to seek an extension of the deadline.

Per Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, the team still hopes to attract 50,000 fans for Sunday’s game.  Last weekend, 42,000 and change showed up for a key AFC South contest against the Texans.

If next Thursday night’s home finale against the Colts doesn’t sell out, then the Jaguars should load up the truck and move to Beverly.

And the team also should send a Christmas card to 280 Park Avenue in an envelope that says, “Thanks for nothing.”  It was no secret in April that the Jags would be facing smaller crowds this year, and yet the powers-that-be assigned three home games in a span of 11 days.

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  1. CABroncoFan says: Dec 10, 2009 12:29 PM

    I figured Phins fans would make the trip…it’s a huge game for them. That’s sad.
    I guess LA is technically at the (AFC) south end of the country. I can’t see LA getting excited for the Jags. I can’t see LA getting excited for anyone outside of the Raiders or Chargers.
    I’m pretty new to SoCal but the most surprising fan base here is that of the Green Bay Packers. I hear most people cite that the city owns the team and they’ll never move.

  2. downsouth49er says: Dec 10, 2009 12:34 PM

    maybe they should pay the fans to come out to games like they paid that tiger and blonde to run around and act like a damn fool lmao…move that team already

  3. hizzle1281 says: Dec 10, 2009 12:35 PM

    if a game gets blacked out, does another game take its place, cuz i heard the chiefs game will be blacked out(hopefully), becuase im tired of watching them play

  4. AlCortez says: Dec 10, 2009 12:39 PM

    sigh. every blackout article rewards the NFL for their asinine blackout policy.
    What would be ideal – would be for all games to fail to sell out on the same weekend. Would they really blackout the entire league?
    Selling out a stadium is a pricing and marketing problem for the team and the NFL, not a “you don’t care enough” problem for the fans.

  5. danlinker says: Dec 10, 2009 12:39 PM

    Florio, get off the jag bashing. It’s getting old.
    I notice that when an article is put up about ANY game being blacked out (any team), you write it and not one of your other guys. Clearly you get off on it.
    You like to really rub it in. I still don’t know who’s bone you smoked to get this gig but the list must be extensive.

  6. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 10, 2009 12:45 PM

    There are a bunch of Dolphin fans going to the game, the message boards have huge discussion threads with groups of people making the trip….
    But you’re not going to get 20k Dolphin fans up there to fill the stadium, however.

  7. DSanch305 says: Dec 10, 2009 12:59 PM

    Im a Fins fan making the trip. We were hoping to bring enough fans to help the Jags finally get a game on TV, but even our valiant effort wasn’t enough.

  8. PattyMcfatty says: Dec 10, 2009 1:08 PM

    Never should have put an NFL team in Jax in the first place….

  9. Big Vinny says: Dec 10, 2009 1:11 PM

    Way to go Dolphin fans. We were counting on you to lift the blackout for us for at least one game this year. Thanks for nothing. Merry Christmas to me. I hate you all.

  10. encinitasraider says: Dec 10, 2009 1:13 PM

    So if the JAGS move to L.A would they be moved over to the AFC WEST and the KC Chiefs would move to the AFC SOUTH?

  11. jamaicamecrazy says: Dec 10, 2009 1:23 PM

    The unemployment rate in Jacksonville is about 11% which means that 1 out of every 9 adults is unemployed. Most people are figuring out how to pay the rent or the mortgage not on how to pay for tickets to go to a football game.

  12. Tony in Jax says: Dec 10, 2009 1:25 PM

    I’m really tired of everyone busting on the Jags attendance this year. Florio, jackass, why don’t you do some research as to why there’s no team in LA right now. Is it because they can’t sell out a stadium either? They can’t maintain a stadium? Or like most everything else in LA, once the new wears off, it’s needs to be replaced or thrown away.
    How many games have the Chargers not sold out?
    How many games have the Raiders not sold out?
    How many games have the Lions not sold out?
    Not news worthy I assume. Is it newsworthy that the Chiefs might have their first blackout in 150+ games this week? Not for you, jackass, let’s bust on the Jags some more. What??? No Tebow comments?
    As a season ticket holder for 5 years now, I can tell you the reason the Jags haven’t been selling out is a combination of a really shitty season last year, the economy and a team that has been entirely unpredictable for the last 6 years. I could also blame the Jags for not building a true fan base when the franchise first arrived, like in LA, once the novelty wore off, the folks from Ponte Vedra quit making the 20 min. drive.
    The true fan base, people like myself who sit in the upper deck, are still here. And it’s going to take us staying the course until the Jags start winning again and bringing in the fringe fans. To keep those fans, the Jags have to win.
    We are this close to the playoffs at the start of a rebuilding year, so it stands to reason that we Gene Smith is commited to winning here in Jax. The fans will come, the Jags aren’t going anywhere. Just keep winning, baby (Thanks Vic.)

  13. MNRunLeft says: Dec 10, 2009 1:28 PM

    When the Jags get moved to LA they should probably change the team name to the Cougars I think their a few more of them out their.
    Is anyone really surprised by the fact that this game is blacked out? I don’t understand how bad teams like Detroit, St. Louis and Kansas City are able to sell out some of their games but the Jags who are in the playoff hunt can’t see out one! Add in the fact that have one of the best RB’s in the league and fans don’t have to deal with the freezing cold weather northern teams who play outside do and it just doesn’t add up. Not even Tim Tebow can save this franchise.

  14. JAG880 says: Dec 10, 2009 1:41 PM

    Way to go NFL. Schedule two home games within 5 days of each other less than two weeks before Christmas for a team struggling to sell tickets. The fans around here are excited, but I think most people who are just now buying a ticket had to chose one or the other. Most chose the Indy game. That game will be sold out. Especially if the Jaguars beat the Dolphins on Sunday.

  15. xgbx says: Dec 10, 2009 1:42 PM

    MNRunLeft says:
    December 10, 2009 1:28 PM
    “Not even Tim Tebow can save this franchise.”
    Blasphemy!!
    - The jorts-wearing masses.

  16. onesweetworld says: Dec 10, 2009 1:42 PM

    Sometimes when I read these articles you make it seem like they only get 10k people a game. I think its quite childish for a grown man to constantly put down a small market that is under economic hardship but yet still puts 45,000 people in the stadium per game. While I understand thats low for the league how can you judge that city based on one season? Didnt they sell out last year?

  17. SFTitan says: Dec 10, 2009 1:49 PM

    @MNRunLeft
    More Cougar’s in LA?? Have you ever been in LA or are you just commenting based on shows like Desperate Housewives. I can guarantee you that LA has more hot young chicks than any other place in the US, especially MN where it seems like you’re from.

  18. DuvalJag says: Dec 10, 2009 1:51 PM

    Who gives a shit if they couldn’t sellout their home games. A grown man wearing a 20 something year old jeresy looks alot like a grown man dressed up at a startek convention!
    I think if anything the people who want to make a big deal about this are fans who wish their team(s) had as many wins as the Jags.
    On more thing to remember is that the Jag fanbase is really between the age of 16 and 26, there the ones who have grown up with the Jags.
    Give it sometime and soon their will be just as many grown men wearing Jag jersey’s and attending games soon enough

  19. mbs says: Dec 10, 2009 1:56 PM

    Thanks to the NFL and the then commish. Pual T. the NFL chose to put a team in J-ville. If it would have gone to Baltimore, the Cleveland fiasco would of been a none issue and blackouts would not be happening. Thank you Commish “T” for a job well done.

  20. Jag4Life says: Dec 10, 2009 1:57 PM

    Florio,
    We all know you dislike the Jaguar organization with a passion. It’s funny how you got most of the PFT followers on your little bandwagon. When you say things over and over and over your followers believe your word is gospel. I guess that’s what happen when people have a follow the leader mentalty.
    By the way, the whole moving the L.A. is a little played out. You’ve been saying it since September. You’re a reporter. Repeating the same news isn’t news anymore.

  21. jj jones says: Dec 10, 2009 2:16 PM

    “Thanks to the NFL and the then commish. Pual T. the NFL chose to put a team in J-ville. If it would have gone to Baltimore, the Cleveland fiasco would of been a none issue and blackouts would not be happening. Thank you Commish “T” for a job well done.”
    Right because Modell would not have moved to another city. He would have continued to play in a old piece of crap on a lake.

  22. loreto maka says: Dec 10, 2009 2:26 PM

    Florio is a douche bag and I honestly beleive he sits away in his house with his boyfriend and waits for negative news about the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    Im staying positive and saying that Jacksonville ISNT moving to L.A – LA hasnt been able to hold a team in the past so why would any business person think they can now? If anyone would relocate it would be the Chargers, IMHO. From the news I have read, they have stadium issues and fan attendance issues too.. that way the NFL wouldnt have to realign the AFC South.

  23. orangecrushd says: Dec 10, 2009 2:30 PM

    If the Jags move to LA, put them in the NFC West and put the Rams in the AFC South. And they should change their mascot to the Bloods.

  24. Seeryer says: Dec 10, 2009 2:30 PM

    The Jaguars deserve much of the blame, along with the poor economy for this year’s attendance figures. 6 years of poor drafting and free agent aquisitions has resulted in a lack of interest amongst alot of football fans in Jacksonville for this team. The tide is starting to turn. A win against the Dolphins would almost certainly get enough of those fence sitters in town to jump back in. Three of the Jags last four road games were disasters for the Jags so that is the lasting impression of many fans. They haven’t seen the 5-1 at home Jags except on highlights.

  25. WashingtonRedstorms says: Dec 10, 2009 2:44 PM

    Los Angeles Dolphins or the Los Angeles 49ers……….
    Sounds good!

  26. Zox says: Dec 10, 2009 3:18 PM

    @AlCortez
    Very well said

  27. chris says: Dec 10, 2009 3:30 PM

    Alot of Florio bashing on here about this article and yet it was a MIami fan that sent it too him with a link to the Jacksonville newspaper story about it being blacked out. If you Jag fans wanna bash someone then go to your hometown newsaper and bash the reporter reporting on this. PS…there is one thing to be sure, there will be 30k Phin fans there and maybe 20k Jag fans based on the last time they played a game there a few years ago!
    http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2009-12-10/story/jaguars_vs_dolphins_will_be_blacked_out?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+jacksonville%2FksHE+%28Jacksonville+Jaguars+%2B+Jaguars+News+-+Jacksonville.com+and+The+Florida+Times-Union%29

  28. Zox says: Dec 10, 2009 3:30 PM

    I love when reporters who pay $0 for tickets and get to go to the games for free jump over folks for not paying to the games. Very easy for you to say.

  29. Zox says: Dec 10, 2009 3:32 PM

    I’m starting to root for blackouts. I want to have the longest consecutive blackouts streak. And I want the record to last for a really long time. That’s what I want.
    C’mon Blackouts. The more the merrier.

  30. BigOx says: Dec 10, 2009 3:38 PM

    Uhhh, wasn’t Jackonsville the city that was selected over Baltimore during the expansion? And, if I am not mistaken, times are tough all over the country – and yet Baltimore never fails to sell out (and Baltimore is behind Jackonsville in the wildcard hunt). One of the major blunders of the NFL (along with games in foreign countries and part-time senior citizen refs).

  31. mtch77 says: Dec 10, 2009 3:48 PM

    Hey CABroncoFan….
    Do you realize its about a 6 hour drive from South Florida to Jacksonville???? Yeah its so sad that we are not making the trip…MORON

  32. Jack in the Jack says: Dec 10, 2009 3:52 PM

    Everybody in the U.S. hates the Jaguars. Especially Baltimore. That is the most whiniest city in the whole world. I don’t give a rats ass if you like us or not. I, for one, embrace it. You are all just jealous that we can get in and out of the stadium really easy and sit anywhere we want. Oh and we are contenders. So chew on that, especially you Baltimore whiners. You lost one team already and had to steal away one from Cleveland. The Browns won that Lombardi you have not the Ravens. Nobody likes the Ravens either so shut the f#ck up!

  33. Zox says: Dec 10, 2009 3:56 PM

    @chris:
    Another thing is for sure. Miami will lose.

  34. Zox says: Dec 10, 2009 4:14 PM

    @chris:
    Another thing is for sure. Miami will lose.

  35. Jag4Life says: Dec 10, 2009 4:21 PM

    @chris
    Obviously you’re a newby to this site. You’re commenting on something you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. It’s no secret the games are being blacked out. We’ve known this since the offseason. The Jaguars organization stated that there will be a year long blackout, then there is no need to report on here or any other news source every week “the Jags have a blackout” It’s OLD news. Who really cares at this point. Just win games and you just focus on your team.
    @BigOx: “Uhhh, wasn’t Jackonsville the city that was selected over Baltimore during the expansion?”
    That’s about the millionth time that post has been on here. Yes Jax was awarded a team before Baltimore. So what. You got a team now so quit your crying. If it’s one of the biggest blunders then where were you up until this year with that same comment. You’re irrelevant. Instead of reading PFT for your info, look of some statistics before you comment on Jacksonville.

  36. DocBG says: Dec 10, 2009 4:39 PM

    Wait a damn minute here, why in the hell does LA deserve ANY team, let alone the 2 this moron is try to get? THEY’VE HAD THEIR CHANCES AND BLEW IT! The rams and raiders wanted out of there, so imagine how much it must REALLY suck. There is no need to move ANY team out there, the niners, the raiders, and the chargers are close enough, you’ve got 3 teams in state, do you really need 5? teams like the packers are supported by the entire state of wisconsin, same with the vikes, the cardinals, the bears, the colts, saints, the titans, and others. these are teams are supported by entire states, not a bellweather city thats allready lost 2 teams. I know the NFL is interested in tapping that market, but you’ve tried and failed twice allready, why screw up another fanbase, just to screw up in LA again. no NFL in LA is a good thing for the league, let those folks watch the other 3 teams in their state.

  37. Jag4Life says: Dec 10, 2009 4:42 PM

    @chris
    Obviously you’re a newby to this site. You’re commenting on something you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. It’s no secret the games are being blacked out. We’ve known this since the offseason. The Jaguars organization stated that there will be a year long blackout, then there is no need to report on here every week “the Jags have a blackout” It’s OLD news. Who really cares at this point. Just win games and you just focus on your team.
    @BigOx: “Uhhh, wasn’t Jackonsville the city that was selected over Baltimore during the expansion?”
    That’s about the millionth time that post has been on here. Yes Jax was awarded a team before Baltimore. So what. You got a team now so quit your crying. If it’s one of the biggest blunders then where were you up until this year with that same comment. Instead of reading PFT for your info, look of some statistics before you comment on Jacksonville. For the record, Baltimore isn’t all that. Very boring to watch. Actually I don’t even watch Ravens primetime games. Sleepfest.

  38. mbs says: Dec 10, 2009 4:45 PM

    jack in the jack,,,No one is spewing hate on J-ville. BTW I like J-ville alot better than Baltimore. I just have to question the wisdom of the NFL and if’s powers to be in putting a third team in FLa. when they had, what now turns out to be a strong franchise opportunity in Baltimre. I know the now deceased “Redskins” owner control that decision and many other at that time. But in hind sight it was a major blunder.
    I hope Jax can keep it’s football team and thrive.

  39. chris says: Dec 10, 2009 5:19 PM

    To Jag4life,
    No you moron, you must be the newbie, i’ve been here for along, long time. I know exactly what i’m talking about. I read over and over the articles on the fact that your lameass community cannot support your team. I been there before in that stadium and watched the Phins run right over you. It pretty sad that the 1-15 Miami Dolphins sold out ever game and none were blacked out in ’07, as of matter of fact lamehole, we have been sold out for the past 11 years. We support the team nomatter what and btw lamehole we do not have tarps cover half our stadium which seats 76k and yours seats 67,164 a gift by the NFL to even help your lameass community avoid blackouts which you still can not do. Whats next cover the upperdeck to reduce the capacity to 45k cause thats about your avg this year. Profootball talk has always for years posted articles on potential blackouts with EVER team in the hopes He (FLORIO) can jar some of you, bonehead lameass aholes like you to support your team. Nothing but facts….

  40. Jag4Life says: Dec 10, 2009 6:45 PM

    Oh look at you tough guy, don’t be mad new. Once again you’re spouting off PFT articles, poor guy. Your beloved Dolphins were 1-15 and had the easiest schedule in the league in 2008. Don’t let a fluke 08 season go to your head. By the way, I don’t live in Jax, so you know. Lameass and lamehole that’s very adult of you. Send me an invitation to your 2010 high school graduation since obviously you’re 17 years old. See you around little guy. Lamehole, that’s so cute!!!!!

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