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Lions blackout lifted, will be televised in Detroit

The Lions’ home opener will be on TV in Detroit.

A day after saying that 2,000 tickets still needed to be sold, the team announced today that the game against the Eagles is a sellout, which means it can be televised live on the Fox affiliates in Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw and Toledo.

Last year the Lions had four sellouts and four blackouts. Their next home game, October 10 against the Rams, looks like a likely blackout.

To get the game against the Eagles on local TV, the Lions may have taken advantage of the rule that allows the team to buy up unsold tickets at 34 percent of the ticket price. There’s really no way of knowing how many tickets were actually sold and how many the team ate, but it’s probably safe to assume we’ll see more than a few empty seats on Sunday at Ford Field.

And although the game is technically considered a sellout, there are still tickets available from the allotment to the Eagles that went unsold. Tickets allotted to the road team don’t count toward blackout numbers.

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19 Responses to “Lions blackout lifted, will be televised in Detroit”
  1. JaggedMark says: Sep 17, 2010 1:46 PM

    Great, now everyone will get to see Ndamukong Suh treat Michael Vick like a dog.

  2. robert ethen says: Sep 17, 2010 1:54 PM

    There was no need to black the game out. 83% of Detroit households had their T.V. sets stolen by football fans trying to raise money for tickets.

  3. jj jones says: Sep 17, 2010 1:56 PM

    “…the Lions may have taken advantage of the rule that allows the team to buy up unsold tickets at 34 percent of the ticket price.”
    Interesting. That is the first time I have read about such a rule on this site.

  4. PURPLESTEEZ says: Sep 17, 2010 2:11 PM

    WHERE WAS SUH IN THE BEARS GAME?

  5. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 17, 2010 2:11 PM

    Congradulations, I like to be able to switch channels and see how the other division rivals are playing.

  6. BradyGazelle says: Sep 17, 2010 2:20 PM

    If the Lions would lower ticket prices to $9 like they did in Jacksonville, then when they need to buy them at 34% they would only need to pay a little over $3 a seat – which would make great business sense.

  7. ClownBurger says: Sep 17, 2010 2:21 PM

    The team actually announced that they did NOT buy out the remainder of the tickets, nor did a corporation.
    Do your homework fellas.

  8. R8R_BOB says: Sep 17, 2010 2:30 PM

    You know the NFL is desperate when it insist that its franchises buy unused tickets at 34 cents on the dollar just to show the game on the local market. If this was year 2000, people would cry about blackouts but in 2010 with streaming games on the Internet, who cares about a blackout? All you need is a video card w/S-video, a S-video cable and a HDTV with S-video and you are good to go.

  9. JohnWayne506th says: Sep 17, 2010 2:30 PM

    The Lions have never and probably will never use that .34 on the dollar rule. When it gets close to a sellout, local businesses buy up the remaining tickets. Like Meijer and Art Van. But i’d guarantee that the Fords did not buy the remaining tickets.

  10. Route36West says: Sep 17, 2010 2:33 PM

    I gotta think maybe Brandon Graham has something to do with the Blackout being lifted. He is a Michigan guy and likely has alot of fans in detriot. I’m sure he didnt have nearly as much as an effect as Tebow did in Jacksonville but he probably had someone. There has been alot of horrible football played in Michigan in the last decade and Graham was one of the only true bright spots to come out of that period. I bet alot of football fans in that region still want to see him play.
    Also Graham has said this week that he has an entire section of supporter coming to the game to see him play. And they are only the ones he knows personally Im sure there will be alot more of his college fans coming to the game that he doesnt know just to see him play.

  11. faulkn22 says: Sep 17, 2010 2:33 PM

    Purple, Suh is a rookie DT. They usually don’t even play. He had 3 tackles (one was 4th and goal stop) and a sack. Also, he’s on a dline where every member had a sack and tackles. He just needs to blend in, not be noticed.
    Glad the game will be televised. Why they expect people that live in Lansing to buy tickets when there is a blackout is beyond me. I live almost 2 hours from the stadium, lol.
    Hope Suh or KVB gets a hold of Vick on Sunday.

  12. jj jones says: Sep 17, 2010 2:33 PM

    @BradyGazelle
    Take your meds and get off the computer. Copying and pasting loser.

  13. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 17, 2010 2:35 PM

    CanadianVikingFan says:
    September 17, 2010 2:11 PM
    Congradulations, I like to be able to switch channels and see how the other division rivals are playing.
    ______________________________
    Congratulations, you’re only one letter away from spelling “congratulations” correctly.

  14. seanx says: Sep 17, 2010 3:04 PM

    You know, a lot of us in the Detroit area like the blackouts. We are forced to go out and do something productive. Anything to avoid having to watch the Lions.

  15. Jimmy says: Sep 17, 2010 3:14 PM

    With Stafford on the shelf there’s no reason to watch these guys either from the stands or on TV.

  16. OtisDelmas13 says: Sep 17, 2010 3:16 PM

    @PURPLESTEEZ
    1 game, 1 sack.
    The rest of the time he was battling double and triple teams.

  17. Chiefs2010 says: Sep 17, 2010 3:22 PM

    More good news for the Lions…
    I hope they woop on the Eagles..

  18. muchmaligned says: Sep 17, 2010 3:22 PM

    seanx says:
    September 17, 2010 3:04 PM
    You know, a lot of us in the Detroit area like the blackouts. We are forced to go out and do something productive. Anything to avoid having to watch the Lions
    ————————————————————
    Ahhhhhhhhahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
    That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. The residence of America’s Kandahar doing something productive? If that’s what you call killing strippers and random gun violence.
    Hilarious!

  19. No-Neck says: Sep 17, 2010 4:59 PM

    Why are we taking score on blackouts now? And who cares if the team buys up tickets to lift blackouts. Are the blackouts being tallied as a race to LA. Interesting thing is that two California franchises are blacked out this week, yet the NFL thinks LA will support a team.

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