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Jaguars recognizing that Colts sellout might not come

We like Jacksonville.  We really do.  But we can’t pretend not to notice that, for whatever reason, the city can’t or won’t sufficiently support an NFL team.

And with a distinct vibe developing that the 7-5 Jaguars will be unable to sell out next Thursday night’s home finale against the currently undefeated Colts, it’s time for owner Wayne Weaver and the other 31 franchises to consider moving the team to a place where the stadium will sell out on a consistent basis.

According to Larry Hannan of the Florida Times-Union, the local group aimed in the 1990s at bringing an NFL team to Jacksonville and reconstituted recently to help keep the team there is claiming that it has not tried to engineer a sellout for the December 17 game.

Which tells us that they know a sellout is, at this point, an uphill climb.

“Selling out the Thursday game is not the goal,” Lenny Curry of Touchdown Jacksonville told the Times-Union.  “We want to sell as many tickets as we can but the focus is on getting people to come down.”

Meanwhile, the City of Jacksonville plans to spend roughly $150,000 on a four-hour pregame party aimed at getting more people to the venue.

Here’s a thought.  Why not spend that cash instead on buying any remaining non-premium tickets to the game, and then giving the tickets to local charities?

We realize that there are plenty of people in Jacksonville who are passionate about the Jaguars.  Most American cities that don’t have an NFL team likely would be able to muster the same zeal from a segment of the population.

But it’s now clear that, in Jacksonville, not enough people care.  And so it’s time for the team and the league to move the team to a place where enough people will.
 

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56 Responses to “Jaguars recognizing that Colts sellout might not come”
  1. bearsrule says: Dec 11, 2009 8:43 AM

    They are spending 150 grand on “getting more people to the venue.” So, they spend money to get people TO the stadium, but not INTO the stadium. Almost seems like they don’t understand the concept of a sellout.

  2. sniperhare says: Dec 11, 2009 8:44 AM

    It’s the economy, why don’t you bring up the Raiders, they have more blackouts over the last few years than the Jaguars.
    Jacksonville only has a population of around 1.8 million, and an unofficial unemployment rate of near 14%.
    People have cut needless expenses out of their lives and one of those is NFL tickets.

  3. footballnut says: Dec 11, 2009 8:46 AM

    Pretty sad state of their local economy I guess…I can’t imagine the fans not being excited that the Jags are playing for that Wild Card spot and they have some big tests coming up with Indy and NE.
    Pats have the same record, not playing nearly to their potential but the fever for them is still very high here. But again, I think it has a lot to do with the local economy.

  4. Favre On HGH says: Dec 11, 2009 8:46 AM

    Actually in the playoff chase now and face the Colts, if they cannot sell this out then what can they?
    It is Thursday night game, but looking at the schedule this would be one game I would want to definitely see.

  5. ras6111 says: Dec 11, 2009 8:49 AM

    As a Jaguars fan and former season ticket holder before I was relocated, I am tired of sticking up for Jacksonville. Move the team. It is pathetic how this city refuses to support the team and t would have happened years ago but Winn-Dixie stepped in and bought the tickets. Buying tickets and giving them to charity will just delay the inevitable. All Jags fans will complain about the QB, or the economy, or whatever, but real fans don’t make excuses.

  6. Jax at least were not oakland says: Dec 11, 2009 8:52 AM

    Makes sense, throwing $150,000 at seats that will prob stay empty but be “sold” doesnt help create a long term fan base. They’re using a tough love approach this season. Not playing # games this season to try and skew the numbers like the bucs are doing this season. Come to the game or dont see it! Makes the best business sense.

  7. theravenlives2 says: Dec 11, 2009 8:53 AM

    This is what happens when you let Tags and his band of bean counters look at a map. When we look at “market segmentation” and “potential fans within 100 miles” instead of “real, live human, NFL fans in the area,” this is what you get. Say what you want, but there is now way in hell Jacksonville should have been chosen over Baltimore (or even St. Louis) for an NFL team. Hey, you reap what you sew, NFL.

  8. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Dec 11, 2009 8:53 AM

    But it’s now clear that, in Jacksonville, not enough people care. And so it’s time for the team and the league to move the team to a place where enough people will.
    ==================================
    I guess that rules out LA then, where they’ve proven they DON’T care.
    Bring them here to T.O. and THEN see if there’s excitement in the stands, rooting for our own team instead of two teams from other cities.

  9. wydok says: Dec 11, 2009 8:54 AM

    You mean like Los Angeles? They certainly have a great history with supporting teams.
    Oh…wait a minute…

  10. crispy says: Dec 11, 2009 8:56 AM

    I don’t blame them. Who wants to go see a Prime Time beat down that the Jags are about to receive…
    And to think… THEY’RE CURRENTLY A WILD CARD TEAM RIGHT NOW!
    P-a-t-h-e-t-i-c with a capital P.

  11. CYGNUS X-1 says: Dec 11, 2009 8:57 AM

    It’s pretty funny in your campain to get a team to move to la that you keep saying that people don’t care about the team in jacksonville.yet you want them in a town that has proven not once but twice they don’t care about football.in case you have forgotten the rams and the raiders both moved from la. and nobody cared then or seems to care now if they get another team.you and the legue seem to be the only people who care there is no team there.just because it is la does not mean they deserve one.

  12. KingJoe! says: Dec 11, 2009 9:00 AM

    I think Detroit is looking for an NFL team.

  13. hayward giablommi says: Dec 11, 2009 9:04 AM

    @ sniperhare
    Re: economy and Jax unemployment, maybe that’s the case, but Detroit has an unemployment rate hovering around 30%, and not only does it not have a competitive team like the Jaguars…the Lions are clearly the worst team this decade (two wins in the last two years, not a single playoff appearance this decade, I believe?)…but they still manage to sell out most of their games, when frankly, their fans should have stopped going a long time ago.
    If the Jags can’t sell out the biggest non-playoff game they’ll ever play, then it’s time to pull the plug, sorry.

  14. zygi milf says: Dec 11, 2009 9:09 AM

    sniperhare says:
    December 11, 2009 8:44 AM
    “Jacksonville only has a population of around 1.8 million”
    ***************
    Exactly why they can’t support a team. They better move quick before Los Angeles has 4 or 5 teams.

  15. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Dec 11, 2009 9:12 AM

    sniperhare: Nope. Sorry buddy.
    The Colts are coming to town, the COLTS.
    If the Raiders were in a playoff run and COLTS came to town, they’d sell out in a heartbeat.

  16. Hap says: Dec 11, 2009 9:14 AM

    It’s been a long time coming. It’s gonna be a long time gone.

  17. Patsfan1776 says: Dec 11, 2009 9:19 AM

    Bearsrule says, “They are spending 150 grand on “getting more people to the venue.” So, they spend money to get people TO the stadium, but not INTO the stadium. Almost seems like they don’t understand the concept of a sellout. ”
    ————————————————
    Imagine that, governments misspending taxpayer money and still not accomplishing the actual goal. I’ve never seen that before.

  18. zygi milf says: Dec 11, 2009 9:20 AM

    The Jags can move without leaving Jacksonville. They can share Jean Ribault High School Stadium with the Duval Panthers of the FFAA.
    They can then donate that tarp to Oakland.

  19. SATAN says: Dec 11, 2009 9:20 AM

    If the City of Phoenix (or Glendale) spent 150 large on a party to sell Cardinals tickets I can GUARANTEE it would turn into a party to tar and feather the boneheaded politicians who came up with the idea.
    WTF is wrong with the people of Jacksonville???

  20. Sara says: Dec 11, 2009 9:21 AM

    Why do you pick on the Jags so much? What about the Raiders? I haven’t heard you say much about them, but at least twice a week you rip on the Jags. Its ridiculous. I’ve been a Jags fan since day one, I was only 8 years old when i went to my first Jaguars game and i will NEVER forget it. Now, I’m a college student who goes to school full time and works full time, I simply just don’t have the money to go to every single game, because if i could i would … but I’m not going to put myself in a bind just to go to every game. I’m sure this is how alot of people in Jax feel…you along with everyone else knew that Wayne Weaver was expecting all of the games to be blacked out, so I’m not sure why you are still week after week harping on this. You must really get a kick out of it. Go Jags :)

  21. Ranoversquarells says: Dec 11, 2009 9:23 AM

    Send the Jaguars to Pittsburg. They could use a winning team.

  22. SteveC says: Dec 11, 2009 9:23 AM

    Move em to Virginia!

  23. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 11, 2009 9:29 AM

    I say bite the bullet and bring ‘em to Vegas.
    You could sell out to visiting teams whose fans might plan vacation around a vacation.
    The NFL is pretty much about gambling anyhow, why ignore reality?

  24. 1JagFan says: Dec 11, 2009 9:30 AM

    I fail to see how this is news. Wayne Weaver said before the season even started that it was very likely that every game would be blacked out this year. That’s what happens when 17,000 season ticket holders don’t renew. I myself am a season ticket holder and will be there this Sunday as well as next Thursday night. But even myself who has had 4 season tickets for the past 5 years had to downsize from 4 tickets to 2 this year. The economy has hurt everyone, especialy people here in Jax where there are only 2 Fortune 500 companies. The vast majority of employers here are small businesses, and if you haven’t heard, they didn’t get a $500 billion bailout. The facts are that Jags fans HAVE supported the team and consistently sold out the stadium in the past years, even last year when we sucked royally. Now if things don’t change next year then there really won’t be much to base an argument on for keeping the team here long term, and even I as a faithful Jag fan can admit that.

  25. alltimephelan says: Dec 11, 2009 9:30 AM

    For as much you’ve blasted Jacksonville over their unfortunate situation, I hope you will eat crow when they sell this game out. It may seem like something we should be able to do without a problem, but we have a 17,000 person hill to climb for every game in order for it to not be blacked out. I’ll bet a year of my salary against a year of yours that this game will not be blacked out.
    Also, why don’t you report the entire story from the article. The goal of the group is to support the long term ticket sales efforts, not just for one game. I’m sure you think posting a link counts as being responsible, but your slant doesn’t.
    Florio, I normally love reading everything on your site, but this is ridiculous. The team is not moving, despite the rest of the country and the other NFL cities wishing it so.

  26. willmose says: Dec 11, 2009 9:30 AM

    Sad. In 1990 we told what a great market Jacksonville would be for the NFL. Who needs LA when you got Jacksonville? I don’t feel sorry of the NFL owner about it. Why? Can you spell G-R-E-E-D?

  27. Jax at least were not oakland says: Dec 11, 2009 9:32 AM

    Everything that I’m hearing in Jax is this game will not be blacked out because they will sell all their non premium seats, but it will not sell out because there will be club seats left. Go to ticketmaster and try to get a cheap seat…… you can’t.

  28. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 11, 2009 9:32 AM

    I say bite the bullet and bring ‘em to Vegas.
    You could sell out to visiting teams whose fans might plan vacation around a game
    The NFL is pretty much about gambling anyhow, why ignore reality?

  29. evilboy128 says: Dec 11, 2009 9:32 AM

    I think Florio is one of the investors of the new LA stadium, otherwise he wouldn’t spend so much personal time rallying to get them out of Jacksonville. AND NO, FLORIO, your personal attacks and move the team talk show you DON’T like even the littlest bit. You know losing the Jaguars would kill this city and rise the crime rate here to near Flint, Michigan levels. You could care less for the unemployment that moving the team would cause and the worsening of the local economy. So, From all of Jacksonville to All of you anti-Jacksonville Florio nuthuggers, MERRY CHRISTMAS and F*** You VERY MUCH.

  30. FLPackerBacker says: Dec 11, 2009 9:33 AM

    Where could you move the team? Los Angeles has no real interest in having a team. They couldn’t keep the Rams who were there for decades and they couldn’t keep the Raiders when everyone was jumping on the LA bandwagon.
    Look, as a non-Jaguars fan who lived a decade in Jacksonville, I’m not a homer for the team. And I think it’s ridiculous that the city has had a problem supporting the team ever since the “glory days” ended in 2000. ras611 is spot on; Winn-Dixie has been propping up the team for years, but that company has way too many problems of its own right now to keep buying tickets just so Jags quasi-fans can see the game on television.
    Ponte Vedra supports The Players Championship own its own and, while being much more wealthy, is far smaller than Duval County. TPC has just as many people in attendance over a four day period as a Jags game, and a weekly ground pass is about $150. Hell, a one day pass is actually more than the price of a Jags non-premium seat!
    The reality is that north Florida is an overgrown extension of the semi-rural south. Jacksonville is not a real “metropolis” and its population is spread over a massive area; it’s the largest city land-wise in the country meaning it has a low population density and people have to drive upwards of an hour to get to the downtown area. That’s like calling Waukegan part of Chicago; it’s not. And furthermore, the people have a passion for football there, but for college football. J’ville has had no problem getting people to drive hours to watch Florida-Georgia, come to the Gator Bowl or watch the ACC Championship before it moved to Tampa.
    People just don’t care enough about pro football in Jacksonville and it sucks because the Jags have a solid squad and the city NEEDS that team to survive. All it has otherwise is Maxwell House and CSX and that’s not going to cut it.
    As for me, sometimes I wish I was a Jags fan just so it had another supporter. But I spent my early childhood in Wisconsin so my blood is green and gold. My wife, however, is going to be very sad when the Jags leave. At least she can take comfort in knowing there’s no place to put this team for awhile.

  31. hiddentrack says: Dec 11, 2009 9:37 AM

    Moving a team based on one season of non-sellouts is a bit of a rash decision, especially when, as many people have noted, the team would be moved to a city where its fan support may be even more uncertain.
    A move would also create one major problem when you have teams like the 49ers, Raiders, Chargers, and Vikings trying to secure public money for their stadiums: Any move would be a statement from the NFL (and all 32 teams) that they are willing to give up on a city, no matter what the circumstances are, and no matter what agreement is in place between the team and the city (or state). What city or state is going to be willing to front upwards of hundreds of millions dollars to a team that may decide to bolt town at any point in time?
    As far as the Jaguars’ ability to move, the lease the team renewed back in 2002 doesn’t expire until 2030, and while there are provisions that would allow the lease to be broken, they would be very difficult for the Jaguars to meet. It’s also my understanding that the NFL does not allow teams to break their stadium lease in order to move their team. Only a team without an active stadium lease is able to move.
    But that’s not even the issue here. The Jacksonville market hasn’t yet learned how to react to what’s happening. They haven’t yet had the time to build the tradition that’s needed. Every other NFL team that has been through similar situations was able to weather the storm without the unnecessary attention and unrealistic expectations you and others are placing on the team and the city. Give it a rest. Give the city and the team the time it needs to correct what’s happened here. It can be done.
    (And before anyone uses the Carolina Panthers to dispute the “not enough time argument”, they’ve been able to lock in their ticket sales through PSLs that generate a longer season ticket commitment, and a larger number of Fortune 500 companies in their market that can foot the bill for a large number of tickets.)
    Local fans have been spoiled over the last several years as they were (almost) always able to turn on the TV and see the Jaguars play at home. It takes time to change this bad behavior, and the only mistake the organization made was not taking this tough love approach sooner. Ticket sales will improve next year, but the issue won’t be resolved. It may take another year or two. But every indication is that Wayne Weaver has some patience left in him, and since he’s the one who decides what happens to this team, why don’t we let all this speculation go?

  32. samh says: Dec 11, 2009 9:41 AM

    I’m going to keep beating this drum until Florio quits beating his. Drum, I mean.
    You keep saying the city “can’t or won’t” support the team as though it’s been 15 years of blackouts. Until this year, there were only a handful of games blacked out and even the blacked out games were only a few thousand tickets shy. this is the first truly bad year, and the reason is in part because this team was absolutely AWFUL last year and in part because every time the team is on the damned television they seem to be getting pasted by a crappy team.
    Wayne Weaver’s not moving the team and I don’t know anybody wanting to shell out $800 Million for a team right now who will then ahve to shell out $800 million more for a new stadium.

  33. ThePatriotsCheated says: Dec 11, 2009 9:47 AM

    Why don’t all florida football teams just play in the center of the state and combine into one team.
    Even with the best players from all 3 teams that florida team would still suk

  34. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Dec 11, 2009 9:47 AM

    What?!?! They cant leave! How is every other team going to step aside and allow Jax to hand pick their first round draft pick (Tebow, right?) if they move…….. LMFAO

  35. midwest says: Dec 11, 2009 9:50 AM

    Fire, ready, aim.
    In the same article…
    “Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said the team is pleased with sales for the Colts game.”
    Would they be pleased if sales were bad for this game?
    All you have to do is go to the jaguars website and try to buy two tickets together. the only ones remaining are club seats for $260 a piece. What does that tell you?
    Also, why would the team not say whether or not the blackout would be lifted for this game? All year, they have said in advance whether or not the game will be blacked out, but not for this one.
    Finally, of course the city is not going to say you accomplished its goal if you want more people to come out.
    Florio, you are a tool. This website is complete garbage. All you do is take a story and interpret/spin it to drum up any kind of controversy you can.
    You are a stupid, backwoods jerkoff!

  36. chris says: Dec 11, 2009 9:58 AM

    Cover the entire upper deck, that will help!

  37. FLPackerBacker says: Dec 11, 2009 9:58 AM

    To clarify, I think it’s horrible but unsurprising that the Jags are not selling out because of economic circumstances, population density issues and the fact that college football is way more important than pro football to that area of the state.
    That said, how do you move this team? Where do they go?
    And why should the NFL care if Weaver isn’t bitching? It’s HIS team, not the NFL’s, so if he’s not losing money despite the blackouts, or if he’s OK with losing money, why should the NFL step in? Now we all know he was trying to sell the team for years, but he’s stuck with the squad the last two years and backed off that rhetoric immensely despite the blackouts.
    There are other teams that are failing to sell out right now (Detroit, KC) and with worse stadium situations (Oakland). I know Detroit and KC are awful, but they have a much longer tradition than the Jags. And Oakland has been around for half a century and are still getting some blackouts. That didn’t happen when GB when 4-12.
    So I think this talk of moving the team needs to chill. Jacksonville has to figure out how to support this team, yes, but one season of blackouts isn’t reason for the NFL to step in and tell Weaver he has to move his franchise. And besides, I do believe that selling out was very, very tough to do for many teams in the 1980s including those with long traditions. Why wasn’t every team moved then?

  38. joe.attaboy says: Dec 11, 2009 9:59 AM

    As a Jaguars season ticket owner since the beginning, I’m getting a little tired of the writers and comments here telling me about where I live and what this city will and won’t support.
    Let me make this clear: the city does support the team. The city has supported the team since the beginning. The problem isn’t this thing you all call “the city.”
    I can think of a number of reason why the team is struggling to sell tickets. I can also think of the excuses people give. The differences is that there’s a reality in the struggles and myth in the excuses.
    The people who use the excuses to not attend games WON’T ATTEND A GAME, NO MATTER WHAT. Here’s their mythical reasoning:
    1. The team loses too much.
    2. Yeah, they win, but it’s too hot.
    3. Oh, the weather is nice today, but it’s too hard to get to the stadium.
    4. I got there OK, but the beer was seven bucks.
    5. I drank beer at the tailgate, but some people in front of me stood up and made noise.
    6. The military fly-over was too loud.
    7. The cheerleaders aren’t good looking enough.
    8. I hate the mascot.
    9. The team’s plays are too predictable.
    10. I don’t like Jack Del Rio.
    11. I don’t like David Garrard. They should draft Tebow.
    12. Well, yeah, they drafted Tebow, but he’s playing linebacker. Or tight end.
    13. Well, they made him a backup QB, but all he does is stand there with a clipboard.
    You get the picture. None of this has anything to do with the Gators, or the other colleges, or Tim Tebow, or who the quarterback or the coach is. These people will NEVER buy season tickets. Hell, they’ll rarely buy single game tickets. Stop listening to these people.
    Here are the realities:
    1. This team came into existence long after the blackout rule was changed. Most don’t realize that, no matter how “unfair” the blackout rules appear to be, the team is not required to give away their product. Playing in an empty house to every TV in the city isn’t going to keep them in town, either, because they’ll go broke. People here don’t realize that at one time, local games were ALWAYS blacked out.
    2. The steady, “cultural” fan base has been slow to build…just like every other NFL team in their early years. The people here crowing about this team need to remember that 15 years isn’t a long time in the history of most of the league, and the other franchises with solid fan bases have been here longer, and with much larger markets. The people who were kids when this team arrived and made it their team are only now getting out in the world. Maybe buying their own season tickets needs to take a back seat to eating and rent, especially in this economy (I know this first hand; I have one of those kids in my house).
    3. No matter how you look at it, the economy in this part of Florida stinks right now. The majority of fan base is not made up of people with lots of disposable income. Those folks are sitting the club seats (which don’t count towards blackout numbers). No matter how you cut it, no matter how much the team lowers prices or helps with payment arrangements, season tickets for an NFL team are not cheap. And, with a 14% unemployment rate in the region, and a lot of people being very careful with the money they have, sometimes you have to give something up, and for a lot of people, it’s those season tickets.
    4. Let’s have a look at the game in the story. The Colts are coming in one week before Christmas. This is exactly the same time we played them last season, Thursday night and everything. This is a perfect storm of economic issues for a lot of people. If they expect to have Christmas the week after, for a lot of folks, spending $40 or $50, or $100 on one or more tickets to a football game isn’t feasible at this time of year. This is a shame, it’s sad for the team and the city, but it is what it is. I’m not trying to use this as an excuse, but it’s a perfectly valid reason…if this game were any other time of the season, there’s would be no legitimate reason for it not to be sold out.
    Let me give full disclosure here: my home is near Jacksonville, but for the past four seasons, I’ve worked away from home as an IT contractor. Two seasons in the Florida Keys (not a fun trip to the other end of the state) and the past two in D.C. I travel down for most home games. If we play on a Sunday or Monday, I’m nearly always there. But because of travel and work requirements, I’m going to miss this game on Thursday…but my wife and someone else will be in those seats.
    I’m fortunate. I have the financial ability not only to own the tickets, but to make travel arrangements to be there from a distance. If I didn’t work where I am, making a higher income than I would back in Jacksonville, I might not be able to afford the tickets, either. It would be a struggle, at least.
    That’s economic. It’s hit a lot of people hard and there isn’t much we can do about it until this cycle is over. The problem isn’t that people don’t care about the team…they just need things to get a little better in their own lives. There are ways to fix that, too, but that’s not a subject I wish to address here.
    There has never been a case, since the merger, of a team leaving a city because of poor ticket sales. The issue is ALWAYS a stadium (you know, like in L.A.). We have a great facility here. JMS is NOT empty on Sundays. Things need to improve just a little, and the team and the people who love it are doing whatever they can to make that happen.
    And, no, buying up the remaining tickets and giving them to charity isn’t the answer, either. That’s been done before, but the owner and by local companies like Winn Dixie. Now, people expect this to happen…they want a ticket savior who will do what they’re not willing to do so they can sit in their living rooms and enjoy the game. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. Yes, blackouts suck, but the Jaguars didn’t make up the rule, and you can’t expect the league to bend over for one without doing it for all. Besides, the team already gives away lots of tickets, to school programs and military folks. NFL teams are still businesses.
    So, how about leaving us alone and let us enjoy our football?

  39. bgrubb7 says: Dec 11, 2009 10:01 AM

    It would be ironic if Jacksonville moves to LA, considering that Jacksonville beat out St. Louis for an expansion team, thus allowing the Rams to move to STL…
    Living close to the STL area, we were all shocked when Jacksonville got the team. IIRC, St. Louis Stallions shirts and hats had already been made, just waiting to hit store shelves.

  40. Bob Nelson says: Dec 11, 2009 10:06 AM

    The Jaguars have never done that much financially since Mark Brunell was QB.
    The Vikings were always in trouble selling tickets until they begged Brett Favre out of retirement.
    There was talk of moving the Saints before Drew Brees made them so popular.
    The Raiders have had trouble selling tickets with Jamarcus Russell as the QB.
    Until a team has a likeable QB that is a competent pocket passer with leadership skills, sales will suffer.
    No other position affects sales so much.
    You can’t tell me that even in this Obama depression there are not 70, 000 people in Jacksonville able to afford tickets. They just don’t want to buy tickets.
    If they had Brett Favre they would sell tickets.

  41. midwest says: Dec 11, 2009 10:09 AM

    Oh…and you Colts fans who talk crap…Don’t forget that you wouldn’t support your team just two years before Manning showed up. Blackout after blackout after blackout. The RCA dome was half empty every Sunday, and that seated only 58k. I know, as I live in Indy. They used to put stickers on the non-sold seats so that if you wanted to you could move to that “empty” before the game started. Then Manning came along and built you a new stadium that is waaaaaay to big for your market.
    Don’t think for a minute that after Manning retires and you come back down to earth with a loud thump, that you will consistently sell out Lucas Oil stadium.

  42. danlinker says: Dec 11, 2009 10:10 AM

    Well, negative press won’t help. You like to kick ‘em when they’re down right Florio? I believe the blackout issues are one of your favorite things to write about. If you like the Jaguars (if you REALLY do), get off their backs. Write some real football news instead of trying to fulfill your own personal agenda.

  43. raiderrob21 says: Dec 11, 2009 10:14 AM

    Hey Gloryhole….
    Move the team because the fans wont buy tix to sell it out?
    I applaud them. I gave up my season tix for the Raiders, love em to death.
    BUT>>>> I refuse to pay $80 per tix (4seats $320 plus fees)
    $25 to park, $12 for a watered down 10oz cup of beer, $6 for a hot dog, or $5 for a 12 oz Pepsi. Wont do it anymore. Im glad to see fans around the league stand up to the NFL. Prices are out of control.
    You can pay $400 to get the Sunday ticket from directv And watch EVERY game even Blacked out games in local markets! $400 is better than $3,200 in my book not including all the overpriced food! No thanks NFL I’ll spend my money elsewhere.

  44. Bigbluefan says: Dec 11, 2009 10:26 AM

    If its the fault of lack of money thats one thing but is that really the issue
    Or is it a lack of support for the team
    Times are tough all over not just in Jacksonville
    The Bucks and Fish sell out
    So its the lack of fan base if you dont have the fans find a city that wants a team
    Dallas needs one
    Virgina
    Bet Orlando could support it
    What ever you do dont go to LA they have had 2 chances already and lost both

  45. James_D says: Dec 11, 2009 10:32 AM

    This story is out of context at it’s finest. Here is a tweet from touchdownjax responding to a concerned fan about the game.
    @ac_ec It was an early goal to lift the blackout for the Colts, which is looking positive, long-term is to Revive the Pride!
    and another RT from urbanjax concerning ticket sales
    urbanjax RT @FSBA: @urbanjax Heard the Colts game is around 1,500 for a sellout
    Do believe everything Flrio says boys and girls. He likes to assume which ends up making as ass out of you & him.

  46. 1JagFan says: Dec 11, 2009 10:57 AM

    @ BigBlue Fan
    “The Bucks and Fish sell out”
    You know the reason the Bucs sellout? Because of the same reason Florio suggested, some large corporate sponsor or community organization has stepped in to buy unsold tickets. This has also happended in Jax in the past, and obvioulsy this DOES NOT WORK LONG-TERM!
    All this does is to create a habit of those fair weather fans not worrying about buying a ticket because they know someone will swoop in and buy the necessary remaining tickets so they can stay at home and watch it on tv.

  47. uncommonjohn says: Dec 11, 2009 11:21 AM

    Now remember folks, any thought of moving out of Jacksonville would have to go through Tim Tebow first, then the governor would need to get in on the act, and maybe even Bobby Bowden.

  48. K-RoQ Smash says: Dec 11, 2009 11:34 AM

    Bring them here to T.O. and THEN see if there’s excitement in the stands, rooting for our own team instead of two teams from other cities.
    —————-
    Sorry, T.O., but you’ve got dibs on Buffalo already.
    Where else could the Jags move to? Salt Lake City? Portland? Oklahoma?

  49. duffsbeer says: Dec 11, 2009 11:47 AM

    This isn’t about fan support, rather it’s about the egomaniacs that run professional sports. They hate to be proven wrong. The NFL forced franchises into places that aren’t supportive and now do not want to admit they are wrong. The same with the NHL and the idiocy of hockey in phoenix. If jacksonville with 1.8 million won’t support an n fl team then how does KC, St. Louis, Cinncinati, and New Orleans manage to support their teams with smaller populations. Some places just aren’t into that sport. The Phoenix coyotes have a fantastic arena, huge population area and tickets are only $25 for prime seats. Try to find a seat to a hockey game in Detroit, Boston, NY, for twice that price and you won’t. Teams have to move if there is no support or they will drag down the entire league. Move Jacksonville to Toronto or San Antonio or Las Vegas or Charlotte.

  50. jj jones says: Dec 11, 2009 11:54 AM

    The game will be on TV. There are less than 400 tickets left to sell to get it on TV.

  51. Jag4Life says: Dec 11, 2009 12:59 PM

    All the people and Florio continuing to bash Jax go right ahead. Most of you are just mad your team is 4-8 or worse. I know most of you are GM’s or owned a team in your former life and know everything. All of you are just victims of the times and follow whatever the big bad bully(Florio) tells you to follow. Instead of beating someone down why don’t you help them get up.
    Florio, why don’t you personnally offer advice to fix this problem for the next upcoming season and seasons to come instead of bashing since you talk like you’re well connected in the league. But you know that’s what your followers want to hear so they can feel better about thier lives. Kick the little man while he’s down. That’s cool, keep on kicking cause just like most of the teams in the league that have had the same issue, the Jags will fix the problem and the people will come like they always have.

  52. Jags in GA says: Dec 11, 2009 3:05 PM

    Using the money and buying tickets would solve nothing. It would do the opposite. People her have gotten used to the idea of football on TV, from their beloved Gators to the Jags they have not had to buy a ticket to see the games. In order to sell tickets we need to change the mindset. Hopefully the blackouts will. Otherwise, I will lose my local NFL team and have to revert to watching NFL on tv.

  53. Route36West says: Dec 11, 2009 4:43 PM

    Well imagine that you live in West Virginia and the Steelers have been your favorite team all your life then a football team comes to town called the West Virginia Sister Lovers. Why would you want to go watch the WV team play when your a Steelers fan.
    I think thats what happened in Jacksonville they were all Bucaneers, Dolphins, or even Falcon fans so why would they spend their money to go see a team they dont even like. When you know you will miss your favorite teams game on tv if you go see the Jaguars.
    If I moved away from philly to say California I wouldnt go to a Chargers game just b/c its their. I would stay home and watch the Eagles.

  54. kosmokenny says: Dec 11, 2009 4:47 PM

    North FL belongs to the Gators and the Noles. Having an NFL team there is almost as bad of an idea as putting one in Alabama.

  55. Adept says: Dec 11, 2009 6:04 PM

    Bob Nelson: When was the last Vikings home game blackout?

  56. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 11, 2009 6:24 PM

    I believe the point Florio is making is that the Jaguars are having problems selling out the stadium even when they are 7-5, in a playoff run and are playing an undefeated division rival.
    Even given all of the above legitimate facts, I just checked out the Jaguars season ticket and single game ticket prices, and I have to say, they are pretty damned high. Their “good” sideline seats are way more expensive that the Redskins, Niners and even a bit more than the Saints. The Jaguars “cheap” seats are also fairly expensive. Maybe the Jaguars should drop their prices to be more in line with some of the poorer cities in the NFL instead of charging more than some of the richer cities, or even New Orleans for that matter.

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