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With sponsors' help, Rams avoid blackout

When the Rams sought and received a 24-hour extension of the 72-hour blackout deadline despite having 6,000 non-premium unsold tickets, the team was “cautiously optimistic” that the rest of the tickets would be sold.

The optimism has come to fruition.  The unsold seats are now sold, and the local blackout of Sunday’s game against the Sehawks has been lifted.

The Rams announced the sellout today.  In so doing, the Rams thanked a quartet of sponsors: Express Scripts, Energizer, Build-A-Bear and KTVI.

The game will air on KTVI-TV, the local FOX affiliate.

Given that we became aware of the Neil Best rule since the last football season ended, we have a feeling that any and all unsold tickets were purchased via contributions from the sponsors and the team, at 34 cents on the dollar.  We also suspect that the arrangements were put in place before the extension was obtained, making the sense of urgency created by the 24-hour extension a hollow sense of urgency.

We’ve asked the Rams whether the unsolved tickets were purchased at 34 cents on the dollar.  We don’t expect an answer, but we asked anyway.

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22 Responses to “With sponsors' help, Rams avoid blackout”
  1. 4evrnyt says: Oct 1, 2010 3:01 PM

    How in hades do the Rams sell out but the San Diego Chargers are blacked out?
    WTF is up with that?

  2. Meldog says: Oct 1, 2010 3:05 PM

    Too bad the Tampa Bay companies can’t do something like this.

  3. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 1, 2010 3:17 PM

    How about selling tickets to the fans at .34 cents on the dollar. Or selling concessions for half price. I bet people will start going to the game then.
    Sometimes I get offered free baseball tickets at work and half the time I won’t go just because I know I’ll end up wasting $50 on beer and food.

  4. jj jones says: Oct 1, 2010 3:19 PM

    Build-A-Bear? Be proud Ram fan.

  5. melikefootball says: Oct 1, 2010 3:30 PM

    The fan base should stop buying the products of all these sponsors. We all here how the NFL cares about it fans–BS for sure. Stop buying the NFL products as well. the league has not shown once it cares about the fans. How about all the stupid fines used to sell out seats–that would show the players and league cares.

  6. stevincinci says: Oct 1, 2010 3:33 PM

    How about selling tickets to the fans at .34 cents on the dollar. Or selling concessions for half price. I bet people will start going to the game then.
    Sometimes I get offered free baseball tickets at work and half the time I won’t go just because I know I’ll end up wasting $50 on beer and food.
    Don’t eat or drink anything, Simple enough.

  7. SATAN says: Oct 1, 2010 3:35 PM

    Florio’s got to be the dumbest guy on the planet. Of course we want to sell tickets for $1.00 on the $1.oo rather than 34 cents on a buck.

  8. zoviet france says: Oct 1, 2010 3:43 PM

    the rams suck for a long time and nothing will change that.
    Sincerely, lawrence Phillips from jail my cell mate is not that tough

  9. kuhawks28 says: Oct 1, 2010 3:54 PM

    I wonder what the dollar amount (ticket sales, food sales, etc) that an NFL franchise has to hit on a per game basis to technically rate it a success/ failure from a sales standpoint.

  10. GoJags436 says: Oct 1, 2010 4:12 PM

    The Jags used to do this all the time. It sets a bad precedence. The fans get bailed out by companies & think they don’t need to buy tickets. The fans get spoiled, then they expect games to be on tv without really supporting the team. I’m glad the Jags don’t do this anymore.

  11. brett favres crocs says: Oct 1, 2010 4:20 PM

    Why doesn’t Florio ever print a story about the vikings barely avoiding blackout? The only reason their games see local television is because the station always ends up buying the remaining 2000-3000 tickets. Worst fanbase in football. Brett brought them all the way to the nfc championship last year and they are already starting to turn on him. That’s one thing that never happened to him in Green Bay. At least until he decided to betray us.

  12. brett favres crocs says: Oct 1, 2010 4:20 PM

    Why doesn’t Florio ever print a story about the vikings barely avoiding blackout? The only reason their games see local television is because the station always ends up buying the remaining 2000-3000 tickets. Worst fanbase in football. Brett brought them all the way to the nfc championship last year and they are already starting to turn on him. That’s one thing that never happened to him in Green Bay. At least until he decided to betray us.

  13. R8R_BOB says: Oct 1, 2010 4:33 PM

    Stupid Raiders Fan says:
    “How about selling tickets to the fans at .34 cents on the dollar. ”
    The owners believe that you are getting a good deal paying at full price and allowing the fans to pay .34 on the dollar would be unfair to those paying full price. To the owners, it’s always about the money.

  14. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Oct 1, 2010 4:37 PM

    The Rams sell those tickets at the doorsteps on game day as “$5 uppers.” I’m talking literally, dead center in front of the building.

  15. GoJags436 says: Oct 1, 2010 5:26 PM

    Wow, darrius…that’s messed up. The fans who really support the team & pay full price for tickets get to walk into the stadium & walk right past the team selling those same tickets on the cheap? Why would any fan buy tickets in advance there?

  16. RAMBradford says: Oct 1, 2010 5:56 PM

    As a Rams fan…. This is really for the team and owner trying to build a fan base. The Cardinals rule stl sports and even after a down year, they still sell most of their tickets. The Rams just aren’t followed in the area and it is really sad. The last 2 years all but 5 games were blacked out… Thanks Steelers, Colts, and Green Bay fans for 3 of those.
    New owner, new qb, new era…. The whole new era thing has been said for about 5 years, but for the first time it is actually true

  17. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 1, 2010 6:02 PM

    4evrnyt says: “How in hades do the Rams sell out but the San Diego Chargers are blacked out?”
    Are you more shocked that San Diego residents aren’t buying tickets or that St. Louis residents are?

  18. citizenmatt says: Oct 1, 2010 6:26 PM

    Say what you want about the team, but the Bills sold out without any help.

  19. PackerFansAreInbred says: Oct 1, 2010 6:36 PM

    2,000-3,000? Really? When was this? There hasn’t been this kind of buyout for a Vikings game since the 90′s. 2007 & 2008 had a combined 6 buyouts and all 6 had under 1,000 tickets remaining. Get your facts straight, it’s sad that typical Packer fans are ignorant and not very knowledgable. And by the way, I remember the Packers DID have home games blacked out, as recently as 11/29/92 vs. Tampa Bay in a game play @ County Stadium. That’s right, as recently as the Favre-Holmgren era.

  20. buzzbissinger says: Oct 1, 2010 6:46 PM

    enhanced season=32 more possible blackouts

  21. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 1, 2010 11:08 PM

    stevincinci says:
    October 1, 2010 3:33 PM
    “Don’t eat or drink anything, Simple enough.”
    Thanks for the advice steve, but you try sitting through 9 innings of the Nationals without drinking

  22. PsychoTim says: Oct 2, 2010 10:21 PM

    Groupon was running a deal for half price tickets, but they were all nose bleed seats. I wonder where the sponsor purchased seats are?

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