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With 6,000 tickets to go, Rams seek an extension of blackout deadline

As of Wednesday night, the Rams needed to sell 6,000 non-premium tickets to Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in order to avoid a blackout of the telecast in the St. Louis area.

Though the Buccaneers considered an even smaller number to represent an insurmountable challenge a week ago against the Steelers, the Rams have sought a 24-hour extension, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Frankly, it will be difficult if not impossible to sell that many tickets in a day — unless the Rams plan to involve the Neil Best rule and purchase all remaining tickets at 34 cents on the dollar. 

Rams officials nevertheless say that they’re “cautiously optimistic” that the tickets will be sold. 

The truth could be that they’re privately certain the tickets will be sold, if new owner Stan Kroenke is willing to write the check for the difference.

Of course, if that’s the case, there’s no reason to disclose it publicly.  Otherwise, no one would feel compelled to buy any of the remaining tickets.

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19 Responses to “With 6,000 tickets to go, Rams seek an extension of blackout deadline”
  1. AlCortez says: Sep 30, 2010 4:15 PM

    No one should ever feel compelled to buy tickets.
    Owners are the ones blacking out the game, not the fans.

  2. mob_barley says: Sep 30, 2010 4:16 PM

    The Seahawks are going to kick some Ram ass and the Rams organization is going to pay to let their fans watch it on the tube. Priceless.

  3. zoviet france says: Sep 30, 2010 4:18 PM

    the rams sux beleive that and I live in the STL

  4. Roger Sterling says: Sep 30, 2010 4:30 PM

    Just tell me when they’re blacked out for crissakes.

  5. technoboy says: Sep 30, 2010 4:31 PM

    6,000 x .34 = $2,040
    I know that is a lot of money to you and me, but chump change to advertise your product.

  6. jj jones says: Sep 30, 2010 4:34 PM

    If an old-school division rivalry between to powers like Rams-Seahawks doesn’t sell out, what hope do we have?

  7. john says: Sep 30, 2010 4:58 PM

    @tecnoboy…
    um, that’s $.34 on the dollar…
    6000 tix X $60/ticket X $.34 = $122,440
    So that’s $122k you gotta pay instead of making $360k in revenue if those tickets were sold

  8. Roger Sterling says: Sep 30, 2010 4:58 PM

    Does technoboy think the tickets are a dollar each? Grow up, Peter Pan, Count Chocula

  9. technoboy says: Sep 30, 2010 5:08 PM

    Bad Math…. Average Ticket Price ($75)….
    6,000 x $75 = 450,000
    450,000 * 0.34 = $153,000
    So a little more than chump change… But still when you are advertising a 50 million dollars QB… It really not too bad….

  10. rarson says: Sep 30, 2010 5:10 PM

    @technoboy
    It’s 34 cents to the dollar, not 34 cents per ticket. Take 34% of the normal ticket price and multiply that by 6000. I don’t know how much St Louis charges for tickets, but in my stadium, that’s over $120k.

  11. smithopher says: Sep 30, 2010 5:12 PM

    technoboy – its not 34 cents per seat, its 34 cents for every dollar the seats would’ve cost fans. so, for example, instead of $100 a seat, its $34 a seat. that still amounts to over $200,000 that the owner would shell out… it really depends on how they feel about the outcome. i don’t think the seahawks are that good, the rams might have a good shot at winning @ home.

  12. jagtom0025 says: Sep 30, 2010 5:15 PM

    technoboy says:
    September 30, 2010 4:31 PM
    6,000 x .34 = $2,040
    I know that is a lot of money to you and me, but chump change to advertise your product.
    *******************************************
    Dude, please tell me you are not for real with that math???
    Its $.34 on the dollar, not $.34 per ticket!
    If the average ticket is $50 it would cost the Rams about $102,000.

  13. Cincinnasty says: Sep 30, 2010 5:17 PM

    technoboy says: September 30, 2010 4:31 PM
    6,000 x .34 = $2,040
    I know that is a lot of money to you and me, but chump change to advertise your product.
    ______
    HAHAHAHA!! I’m not even going to go there because I know your going to get ripped by the others!

  14. zoviet france says: Sep 30, 2010 5:26 PM

    einstein says STFU

  15. mwcarolina says: Sep 30, 2010 5:29 PM

    well, the Rams have potential, Sam Bradford is looking like the real deal, i think next year they could be a surprise team and it wouldnt shock me if they did pull off another upset.

  16. LAEaglefan says: Sep 30, 2010 5:53 PM

    Owners are finally seeing that fans will not just pay any price for a ticket…..especially a ticket to see an inferior team. If fans want to see every game all they have to do is get DirecTV and buy Sunday Ticket for $300 a year. Is watching a game from the nosebleed seats at the stadium really better than watching it in front of a big flat screen high def TV?

  17. iampats says: Sep 30, 2010 6:23 PM

    As a Pats fan,Sam Bradford is the real deal on there are brighter days ahead for the Rams and their fans.

  18. MizzouRam says: Sep 30, 2010 10:21 PM

    # zoviet france says: September 30, 2010 4:18 PM
    the rams sux beleive that and I live in the STL
    —————————————————–
    I’ll remember that name. Better not see you on any bandwagon around here.

  19. terraincognita says: Oct 1, 2010 12:10 AM

    Actually of all the teams having a problem selling out, seeing the Rams would be somewhat interesting. It would not shock me if they won 5-6 games this year.

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