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Chiefs avoid a blackout, with help

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As it turns out, the Chiefs didn’t sell enough tickets to lift the local blackout of Sunday’s game against the Titans.  But the 1,000 remaining non-premium seats were purchased by the Chiefs and/or one or more of their sponsors, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.

The announcement came hours after the deadline for ensuring a blackout, which suggests that the Chiefs spent much of the day figuring out how to come up with the money to buy the remaining tickets, most likely pursuant to the league’s rule that allows extra seats to be purchased at 34 cents on the dollar.

On the surface, it’s surprising that the 9-5 Chiefs couldn’t sell out a key Week 16 game that could go a long way toward helping them nail down an unlikely playoff berth.

“It’s Christmas time, the economy hasn’t been that great,” guard Brian Waters said, per Covitz.  “Coming to a Chiefs game or buying your kids Christmas gifts . . . I imagine we’ll probably lose out to a lot of people.  But we know how important it is playing at home and how important the fans are to us.  If there are some people who happen to have a little extra money or want to give a couple of tickets to the game for Christmas, we hope they come out.  I appreciate anybody who is willing to come out there in the cold and be able to spend their dollar.”

Fortunately for the folks who’ll be staying home, the Chiefs exercised their ability to spend their 34 cents.

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11 Responses to “Chiefs avoid a blackout, with help”
  1. ursodiol says: Dec 23, 2010 9:07 PM

    Damn, what a fan base.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 23, 2010 9:08 PM

    “But the 1,000 remaining non-premium seats were purchased by the Chiefs ”

    I guess they got the idea from the U.S. Treasury buying their own bonds so rates wouldn’t rise? Woops. LOL

  3. chauvinistpig says: Dec 23, 2010 9:17 PM

    “On the surface, it’s surprising that the 9-5 Chiefs couldn’t sell out a key Week 16 game that could go a long way toward helping them nail down an unlikely playoff berth.”

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    Actually if you use your brain, it’s really NOT that surprising.

    The day after Christmas.
    Cold as heck.
    Family in town for the holidays.
    Spent a fortune on gifts.
    Economy sucks.
    50″ flat screen in warm home if game isn’t blacked out.
    Multiple Flatscreens in warm sports bar if blacked out.

    Maybe you been choking on the NBC siver spoon

  4. hobartbaker says: Dec 23, 2010 9:19 PM

    “Jesus Gitchee Manitou”, groaned Cheif Blackout, holding his aching head, “y’mean to tell me it’s Monday already? Last thing I remember we was all headin’ over to Billy Redbone’s house on Saturday night to watch the game. How’d K.C. do this weekend?”.

  5. nesuperfan says: Dec 23, 2010 9:20 PM

    Now it would be nice if they gave the tickets to some underprivileged kids.

  6. natelan says: Dec 24, 2010 1:20 AM

    chauvinistpig says:Dec 23, 2010 9:17 PM “On the surface, it’s surprising that the 9-5 Chiefs couldn’t sell out a key Week 16 game that could go a long way toward helping them nail down an unlikely playoff berth.”
    **********************************

    Actually if you use your brain, it’s really NOT that surprising.
    The day after Christmas.

    Cold as heck.

    Family in town for the holidays.

    Spent a fortune on gifts.

    Economy sucks.

    50″ flat screen in warm home if game isn’t blacked out.

    Multiple Flatscreens in warm sports bar if blacked out.
    Maybe you been choking on the NBC siver spoon
    ***************************
    If the game is blacked out, it isn’t available at the bar. I agree with everything else you said though.

    P.s… With a broadband connection, these days, NO game is blacked out.

  7. raiders757 says: Dec 24, 2010 1:38 AM

    ursodiol says: Dec 23, 2010 9:07 PM

    Damn, what a fan base.
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    I’m getting really sick of snarky and sarcastic comments such as this. I can’t stand the Cheifs, but I’ll be damned if anyone can claim they don’t have a dedicated group of fans pulling for them. In today’s economy, one can’t judge a team’s fans by the amount of tickets they sell anymore. A lot of teams, such as my very own Raiders, have fans spread out all around the world, and to judge them as a whole by the amount of tickets sold to a game, is shortsighted and beyond shallow.

    Like it or not, the NFL have crossed the same line NASCAR has, and priced a lot of their fans out of the live experience. There comes a point when the “experience” doesn’t measure up to the cost of attending. This has happened to the concert industry as well as sports. Greed took hold while demand was high, and when it demand went down, the greedy just couldn’t let go.

    Merry Christmas everybody, and go Titans.

  8. kenny1960 says: Dec 24, 2010 8:34 AM

    When will PFT realize the economy sucks ? Plus it is Christmas time and people just do not have the disposable income to go to a game. The fans of the Chiefs are some of the most passionate loyal fans in the NFL and no one should doubt their passion for their team. Until the economy picks up this will continue to be a problem for the whole NFL .

  9. 49erman says: Dec 24, 2010 9:43 AM

    Except in Green Bay.

  10. nflhof says: Dec 24, 2010 10:39 AM

    Chefs fans are letting their over performing team down by not showing up to one of their biggest games in dome time. A home game is a home game and KC fans are saying “so what”. Expect the Chiefs to lose sunday and then the team can blame the loss their lame fans.

  11. metalhead65 says: Dec 24, 2010 11:30 AM

    why is it such a big deal to you if teams don’t sell out every game?it might come as a newsflash to you but not everybody has a cushy job and can afford the prices to go in today’s ecnomy. doesn’t make them bad fans or not supportive of the team.and maybe fans are tired of being blackmailed.buy the tickets,sellout the stadium or we move the team. fine do what you gotta do but some of us have families to take care and that shockingly to you comes first.

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