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Lions facing a blackout

Though the Lions think they have a shot at parlaying their 1-5 start into a playoff berth, the locals in Motown are skeptical.

According to the Detroit News, the Lions still must sell a whopping 10,000 tickets by Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

For their last home game — a 44-6 win over the Rams — the Lions managed to move 2,500 tickets with a 24-hour extension, which raised suspicions that the surplus tickets were purchased by the team (with the help of sponsors) at 34 cents on the dollar.  We doubt that the Lions and/or their sponsors will eat 10,000 tickets, even at 34 cents on the dollar.

At an average price of $100 per seat, the price tag for buying a sellout would be $340,000.

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17 Responses to “Lions facing a blackout”
  1. Autopsy IV says: Oct 28, 2010 10:27 AM

    Dear Lions Fan,
    As we’ve learned here in Tampa, a blackout only means you’re watching the game via the internet as opposed to on TV. Hell, if you have an HDMI output on your computer then you’re good to go. All the Buccaneer home games have been blacked out and we’re watching them in HD glory. All hail the internet.

  2. Kris says: Oct 28, 2010 10:37 AM

    I guarantee you those Lions tickets aren’t $100 a piece. Check the prices, Lions tickets are dirt cheap when compared with other stadiums.

  3. CHIEF ZEE says: Oct 28, 2010 10:39 AM

    Will a blackout affect Redskin fans hoping to watch the game from VA this weekend?

  4. Pack_Attack says: Oct 28, 2010 10:43 AM

    Maybe Obama Motors should buy some tickets

  5. odds75to1 says: Oct 28, 2010 10:58 AM

    yeah, GM is going to buy/support the Ford’s football team at Ford Field….yeah, sure.

  6. corchamp says: Oct 28, 2010 11:09 AM

    Los Angeles Lions has a nice ring to it…

  7. Fievel says: Oct 28, 2010 11:11 AM

    Oh snap!! A political comment based on the loan the government gave GM that they have paid back! Take your rhetoric elsewhere. This game will be blacked out.

  8. jameson4504 says: Oct 28, 2010 11:36 AM

    Chief Zee -
    First off…don’t you find it a bit odd that the skins portrayal of a Native American Chief is a black guy? just sayin…
    second…why would a blackout in Detroit have any effect on a game in VA? people an hour outside of Detroit will still get the game…

  9. SFNFLer says: Oct 28, 2010 11:37 AM

    Pretty soon almost every team in the NFL will have a blackout.
    Hey, Mr. Goodell? Read the room. There’s a DEEP RECESSION in this country.
    Get rid of the stupid rule!
    Many people don’t have jobs and can’t afford the tickets. And now we can’t even watch our team play on TV? Get real.
    Screw the NFL!

  10. jmac09 says: Oct 28, 2010 12:12 PM

    SFNFLer says:
    October 28, 2010 11:37 AM
    Pretty soon almost every team in the NFL will have a blackout.
    Hey, Mr. Goodell? Read the room. There’s a DEEP RECESSION in this country.
    Get rid of the stupid rule!
    Many people don’t have jobs and can’t afford the tickets. And now we can’t even watch our team play on TV? Get real.
    Screw the NFL!
    i agree right now, its rediculous in this market. with only a 16 game season, you risk putting a large amount of the season off the air..i definetly cant afford tickets, pay for school, and whatnot…its just a league with a monarchical view of itself that thinks its fans dont deserve to watch if they cant fill the seats at an absurd price.

  11. HateSycophants says: Oct 28, 2010 12:20 PM

    @SFNFLer,
    The recession has abated. Many of the folks who still have not found employment are either unemployable or they don’t want to work. Those who sucked at the teat of gigs that paid $28 per hour to thoroughly under-educated drones should have been getting skills/job training or an education.
    Watch the Series. We’ve got enough douche bag fans watching America’s True Pastime.

  12. truegrinder80 says: Oct 28, 2010 1:23 PM

    MLB DOMINATES the NFL in the Bank once again. The Pirates draw more fans than the Lions. Empty Stadiums have become the NFL norm EVERYWHERE!

  13. dirty ernie says: Oct 28, 2010 1:36 PM

    The Lions should not be concerned about not selling 10,000 tickets at roughly $100 per.
    Why, this means there will be 10,000 less fans angry as hell with you for losing again.
    Matter of fact, if no one bought tickets, you wouldn’t make anyone angry. Your TV fans won’t listen to game on radio when there are other games on TV thus they won’t know if you won or lost so they won’t be angry either.
    Thus, the Lions are in a can’t lose situation.

  14. dirty ernie says: Oct 28, 2010 1:38 PM

    Jesse Jackson, concerned for disenfranchised fans, is buying the tickets. There will be no more blackouts for Detroit. The feds are buying all future tickets and giving them away.

  15. odds75to1 says: Oct 28, 2010 2:55 PM

    It must be the Redskins, as we were blacked out last year when we finally broke the losing streak vs. the ‘Skins

  16. CHIEF ZEE says: Oct 28, 2010 5:11 PM

    @jameson4504
    Thanks for the info…people here in Washington have never had to deal with a blackout, so I have no idea what it entails.
    As for the logo, I agree, the Native American is a little on the dark side. As a graphic artist, I would like to see the logo redesigned into a bloody tomahawk.
    Just keeping my fingers crossed that the Skins come out with a win this weekend. Every Redskin fan should have an appreciation for the Lions considering what happened last year. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that this will be the 3rd year in a row that the skins have traveled to Detroit. What gives?

  17. fastfred21 says: Oct 28, 2010 5:24 PM

    must be an hour by jet–I’m almost 2 hours away and I can’t get blacked out games, WTF?

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