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Preseason blackouts are down

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A painful summer may not necessarily lead a to painful autumn for the NFL.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post notes a number of encouraging signs for the league financially. Preseason blackouts are down, from 13 to 10.  The league expects a slight increase in regular season attendance, with blackouts remaining static.

Sales are rebounding after the lockout as well. Maske reports national sponsorships are up 15%.  (It’s unclear if that growth is more or less than usual, but it’s obviously not bad.)

We need more time to fully understand the lockouts ecomonic impact, but the early signs are good.

It’s barely been a month since Robert Kraft and Jeff Saturday hugged, but the work stoppage sure seems like a long time ago.

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17 Responses to “Preseason blackouts are down”
  1. mac3333 says: Sep 1, 2011 11:48 AM

    Preseason, regular season, any season is blacked out when you’re a Bengals fan.

  2. olcap says: Sep 1, 2011 12:12 PM

    They’ve certainly lost MY money, and it will be a long time, if ever, that they recover that.

    I hope there’s a lot more out there like me, then maybe they’ll think twice about doing this crap again.

  3. hystoracle says: Sep 1, 2011 12:21 PM

    NO preseason games should EVER be blacked out. The players don’t even show up for 2 of them (first and last), barely play in the second, and play a half in the third. Why should the fans bother to waste their time watching a bunch of hacks that won’t be in the league in 4 weeks? Let alone be forced to pay full price for crap football.

    I can’t wait til they make 2 of them regular season games in the upcoming 18 game schedule then I will take the time to watch it.

  4. steveohho says: Sep 1, 2011 12:32 PM

    “Preseason blackouts are down, from 13 to 10.”

    Maybe, but teams get extensions for longer ticket sales. And the teams can also purchase a 1/3 of their tickets in order to avoid the blackout and perhaps deduct it as an advertising expense.

  5. melikefootball says: Sep 1, 2011 12:34 PM

    Half the time the people in the stands have either been given the tickets or they are season holders and are required to purchase these tickets. Really matter not if blacked out.

  6. bunjy96 says: Sep 1, 2011 12:45 PM

    I agree, no preseason game should ever be blacked out.

  7. blackbug99 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:09 PM

    You’d think they’d broadcast all the pre-season game as a gesture of goodwill!

  8. jnks10 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:17 PM

    olcap says:
    Sep 1, 2011 12:12 PM
    They’ve certainly lost MY money, and it will be a long time, if ever, that they recover that.

    I hope there’s a lot more out there like me, then maybe they’ll think twice about doing this crap again.

    ———-

    You and the 300 fans that will continue this stance will have 0 affect on the NFL.

  9. dasportsninja says: Sep 1, 2011 1:23 PM

    in a related story-Big Ben just got his 30 day pin at AA

  10. shackdelrio says: Sep 1, 2011 1:29 PM

    The NFL changed the blackout rules for the preseason this year.

  11. granadafan says: Sep 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    The NFL is the only business in the world that punishes its customers for not buying their overpriced product, especially in a recession.

  12. jaxdomino says: Sep 1, 2011 2:17 PM

    Suck it up and buy a ticket or shut up! Everyone screaming about not wanting Government handouts, but sure as heck want us STO’s to handout free football on TV to the cheap duds at home!

    -Season Ticket Owner!

  13. rmzthefirst says: Sep 1, 2011 2:49 PM

    jaxdomino says:Sep 1, 2011 2:17 PM

    Suck it up and buy a ticket or shut up! Everyone screaming about not wanting Government handouts, but sure as heck want us STO’s to handout free football on TV to the cheap duds at home!

    -Season Ticket Owner!

    Listen here jaxdomino,
    I was an STO as well as a SP (single parent) and a BO (business owner), where the economy had killed my business, it’s hard enough right now to pay for cable to watch the games let alone be a STO. Yep my children and I miss going to the games and would like some kind of recourse (like no blackouts) for being a STO for 10 years.. So try sucking on that, try being a SP when your business gets wipped out and see where sucking it up gets you the cash to be a STO again…!

  14. jvibottomline says: Sep 1, 2011 3:48 PM

    jaxdomino,
    You are a SUCKER! What a waste of cash.

  15. zensteeler says: Sep 1, 2011 3:57 PM

    If the glutonous NFL doesn’t include the preseason games with their monopoly Directv package next year I will CANCEL and do without after 12 seasons. I can afford to pay but resent not being able to watch my team for ALL GAMES INCLUDING PRESEASON! Greed is going to kill the goose that lays golden egg because of these corporate thieves.

    You’ve been warned NFL :-)

  16. zensteeler says: Sep 1, 2011 3:59 PM

    blackbug99 says:Sep 1, 2011 1:09 PM

    “You’d think they’d broadcast all the pre-season game[s] as a gesture of goodwill!”

    Amen.

  17. laeaglefan says: Sep 1, 2011 4:32 PM

    Fans have short memories and the owners and players both knew that. Once there was a new agreement and football was back, there weren’t many fans who were going to “punish” anyone for the lockout. If it had extended into the regular season it might be a different story, but as it was, nothing was really lost.

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