Dolphins facing potential blackouts in Week One and Week Two

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The state of Florida has become a hotbed of high school and college football.  As far as pro football goes, things aren’t going quite as well.

With the Buccaneers throwing in the towel on a blackout for their Week One home opener against the Lions and the Jags facing an uphill climb to sell out EverBank Field for a visit from the Titans, the Dolphins are staring at the possibility of their 102-game regular-season sellout streak ending with back-to-back blackouts.

CBSMiami.com reports that the Dolphins have a whopping 15,000 unsold tickets for the September 18 visit from the Texans, a game that already was regarded as being a candidate for local TV cancellation.  The bigger surprise comes from the status of ticket sales for a season-opening Monday night game against the Patriots.  Per the report, 3,000 tickets remain unsold.

Look for the September 12 nationally-televised game to be sold out, even owner Stephen Ross (pictured) has to pay 34 cents on the dollar for the remaining tickets to lift the local blackout.  Six days later, anyone in South Florida who wants to see the game will have to buy a ticket — or get in the car and drive north.

51 responses to “Dolphins facing potential blackouts in Week One and Week Two

  1. don’t think so. I highly doubt the patriots will play in a blacked out game this year. especially a division game

  2. Gee, what a surprise! When you pay millions a year to the players, how can a working person afford a ticket? Same with baseball. What a shame.

  3. Wow….can’t sell out a game against the Patriots or the Texans. Like or hate either team, both have one of the most exciting offences in the league.

  4. Lets see if Miami and Tampa catch as much flack as Jacksonville in the national media. Jacksonville is the perennial whipping boy of blackouts, even when they don’t have any.

    The Bucs have fielded a pretty decent squad and have one of the best young QB’s in the league, and nobody in Tampa even cares about going to see them play.

    I will say this about Jaguar fans. The fans that they do have are some of the most passionate in football. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough of them right now.

  5. Of course this has nothing whatsoever to do with less-than-rabid fans being turned off by the lockout and others trying to make ends meet when there’s no job market and their home values have plunged. Interesting note: Brokers report ticket demand is down for Packers home opener against the Saints.

  6. Our owner doesn’t care. He cares more about hanging out with Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Venus and Serena on the orange carpert and club liv.

  7. bossplayer213 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 5:52 PM
    Can’t say I blame them. Would you want to spend your hard earned money to see a 3rd place team in that dump?

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    Real fans watch and support their team no matter what. I was always there when the Patriots were the laughing stock of the NFL. Things always turn, and the real fans feel real glory when their team finaly wins.

  8. jnbnet says:
    Sep 2, 2011 6:04 PM
    bossplayer213 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 5:52 PM
    Can’t say I blame them. Would you want to spend your hard earned money to see a 3rd place team in that dump?

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    Real fans watch and support their team no matter what. I was always there when the Patriots were the laughing stock of the NFL. Things always turn, and the real fans feel real glory when their team finaly wins.
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    No, “Real fans” shouldn’t support an organization that doesn’t do all it can to be successful on the field. The best thing a fan can do is not give money to a crappy organiation. It helps motivate the team to put a better product on the field.

  9. Pretty sure they’ll sell 3,000 tickets in a week. That ain’t much. Either way it won’t get blacked out.

  10. The owners have been putting it off with buying the extra seats but it is enevitable.

    It is the economy stupid.

  11. No, “Real fans” shouldn’t support an organization that doesn’t do all it can to be successful on the field. The best thing a fan can do is not give money to a crappy organiation. It helps motivate the team to put a better product on the field.
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    if you don’t support your team when things are tough, then you are not a real fan! I belive the phrase for fair weather fans is, “jumping on the band wagon.”

  12. jnbnet says:
    Sep 2, 2011 6:42 PM
    No, “Real fans” shouldn’t support an organization that doesn’t do all it can to be successful on the field. The best thing a fan can do is not give money to a crappy organiation. It helps motivate the team to put a better product on the field.
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    if you don’t support your team when things are tough, then you are not a real fan! I belive the phrase for fair weather fans is, “jumping on the band wagon.”
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    I don’t think you understand. I’m not saying if your team is losing don’t support them. I’m saying if they are incompetent (i.e. The Dolphins) the best thing you can do is send a message to ownership by not going to games.

  13. another year of 2 posts a day mentioned the phrase “34 cents on the dollar.”
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    Which when you come to think of it is a bit like our economy right now!!!

  14. Well if anyone has deep pockets, it’s stephen ross.
    so PONY UP ROSS!! Ft.Myers is in the blackout
    area and I can’t afford tickets and gas and food to
    go to the game. yeah yeah, i know , waaa waa

  15. 1- with how much tickets cost, the blackout rule is stupid anyway, if fans are going TV isn’t in actual competition, well maybe back in 1974…

    2- with how much tickets cost, the owner whose name I shall not say should just uncork his wallet for the 75k or so and stop being a tightwad

    3- with how much tickets cost, they should have had enough cash around in the last decade to get a QB and O line

  16. I was looking on Ticket Master; it didn’t look like that many seats were left for the Patriots game. We have never beaten the Texans so I can understand why fans of both teams would loose some of their enthusiasm over that game. Most people want to see a win for their team when they attend the game so a 1-7 season at home last year douses that flame too. I believe that fans will come out for games once the team starts winning games.

  17. In a one time promotion effort, much disparaged owner Steven Ross has offered to play the first quarter of the game at quarterback. In street clothes.

  18. ecarlso8 says: Sept 2, 2011 8:57 PM

    Send them to LA. You can’t sell out your home opener? PATHETIC…

    YO ecarlso8, This has nothing to do with we can’t
    sell out our home opener, we want to send a message to our TOP BRASS.

  19. As a lifelong Miami fan…this is pathetic. Shameful. Another painfully shining example of why my fellow Phin “fans” are the WORST fanbase in pro sports. Easily. Not even a close second.

    The Dolphins should be relocated to LA where someone will support them.

    Love the dolphins….SCREW Miami.

  20. Sell the team to me!!!!

    The only thing you did correctly was sell pieces of the team to multiple celebrity women!!!! Nothing more needs to be said!!!!!

  21. So the game will be blacked out, yet the cheapest seats on Ticketmaster right now are $122 apiece, and $53 each on StubHub.

    Nah, I’m sure ticket prices have nothing to do with this.

  22. brealistic,

    with the current ownership of the Dolphins I think you meant to say ,’we want to send a message to our TOP (br) ASS(hole)

  23. the opener will sell out and if the fins win you can believe the texans game will sell out as well and for all you haters out there they have sold out 102 straight reg. season games thats 6.3 seasons so its pretty clear they have some fans out there much to your dismay

  24. Our owner doesn’t care. He cares more about hanging out with Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Venus and Serena on the orange carpert and club liv.

    I thought they owned part of the team?

  25. Gosh and gee whiz, it would be interesting to know exactly why posts that are critical of moving teams to California are censored. Have a nice day.

  26. @peanutbutter&jelly

    Wow, 6.3 whole seasons. The Ravens haven’t had a blackout since their last game in Cleveland back in 95 and that was only because the fans were mad about the team moving, the Browns and Texans have never had a blackout, the Jets haven’t had a blackout since 77, the Giants last one was in 75, the Packers Redskins Steelers and Broncos haven’t had a blackout since the rules changed in 1973 to allow sold-out home games to air in their market. So 6.3 years is not very impressive and it is common knowledge league wide that Dolphin fans are among the worst in all of sports.

  27. Why can’t they sell the remaining tickets to fans for 34 cents in the dollar. If you can’t sell seats it means they are priced beyond the means of their market. Arthur Blank did that when he brought the falcons and almost imediately started to fill the Georgia dome.

  28. You people that are saying they are going to move to L.A. are a joke. It’s a waist of time to even comment about that because It will never happen. The Miami Dolphins are one of the most popular franchises in sports. Fact. I hope it makes you all mad that when you die the Miami Dolphins will still be here.

  29. “It will never happen. The Miami Dolphins are one of the most popular franchises in sports”

    Popularity does not mean a team will stay put. Teams move b/c of money and that often means selling more luxury boxes and stadium deals. Neither of which is directly influenced by average fan support.

    The Raiders (twice), Colts, Rams, Cardinals, Oilers and Browns all moved to get better stadium deals.

  30. I’m tired of everyone bashing our fan base down here. We havent had a regular season game blacked out since Oct 1998. And this is through season after season of mediocrity AND a 1-15 season. This year so far Jax, Tampa, Oakland and even San Diego are having trouble sellingout their opening game. I’ve been a fan for over 25 years, NEVER root for another team, watch almost every single game, and try to make it out to at least one game a year. Times are tough, economy is bad, and people have family and other responsibilities to tend to. Despite our poor ownership right now, I’m proud of my team and of our fans.

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