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Dolphins, sponsors buy up unsold tickets to avoid blackout

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The Miami Dolphins’ 102-game regular-season sellout streak has been extended to 103 games.

According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins are “robo-calling” season-ticket holders to let them know that the game will be televised locally (as if the season-ticket holders care, they’re going to the game anyway).

Per Volin, 10,000 tickets remained unsold as of Thursday morning.  But the team and its sponsors bought the unsold seats.  According to league policy, the team can purchase the tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.

And here’s why the season-ticket holders should care.  They’re getting the extra tickets.

Specifically, season-ticket holders in the 100 and 400 levels will get two free tickets.  Season-ticket holders in the club level will receive four.  Season-ticket holders in the luxury suites will have eight.

We’d prefer that some of the tickets be given to folks who can’t afford to buy them, or to local military personnel.  (Then again, folks who can’t afford to buy tickets also can’t afford $10 beer and $6 soda.)

The Dolphins’ last regular-season blackout came in October 1998.  A playoff game in 2000 also was not televised locally.

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53 Responses to “Dolphins, sponsors buy up unsold tickets to avoid blackout”
  1. johnnyb216 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:28 PM

    Wow. Looks like they’ve taken a page out of the vikings book.

  2. debthebusybody says: Sep 15, 2011 8:28 PM

    Sound familiar? Hellooooo minnesota!

    Pathetic!

  3. ecarlso8 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:31 PM

    send the team to LA, a playoff blackout is terrible….dolphin fans suck

  4. skoobyfl says: Sep 15, 2011 8:33 PM

    They’re packing them in like sardines for the Dolphins games.

  5. phinfan says: Sep 15, 2011 8:36 PM

    Unreal. Buffalo is laughing.

  6. egls7 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:40 PM

    Beautiful weather, pretty decent team…. how aren’t they sold out?

  7. ezra954 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:40 PM

    Who wants to watch them lose at home live anyways

    Sadly I will be there with a paper bag on my head so I will not be seen supporting this bs

  8. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 15, 2011 8:43 PM

    You won’t see any fins fans commenting on this story.

    They are too busy whining on the Belichick thread.

  9. ProDolphinsTalk says: Sep 15, 2011 8:44 PM

    “____(20+ other teams)_______, sponsors buy up unsold tickets to avoid blackout”.

    I see what you are trying to do here. The Dolphins are miserable, blah, blah, blah.

    The Franchise isn’t defined by the last decade. Pretty sure they were good in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and besides 2007 they have always had a competitive team. Only one team has a great season every year.

  10. david7590 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:46 PM

    How pathetic.

  11. p4hbiz says: Sep 15, 2011 8:48 PM

    Pooor Miami! 1st The Heat choke, now empty seats and robo-calling to the “fin fans”, try saying that 3times…

    And that 2000 playoff game you fans missed was Great!, thanks to Charles Woodson and The Oakland Raiders. 21-0

    Lol!!

  12. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2011 8:51 PM

    What’s happened to the Dolphins is a damn shame.

    Things looked good just a couple of years ago, they weren’t far off, and then ownership changed and that was the end of that.

  13. jlana24 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:52 PM

    “We keep trying to tell you it’s not just us!!”

    -Signed, Jaguar fan

  14. grogansheroes says: Sep 15, 2011 8:52 PM

    I am surprised that Dolphin fans want to watch another loss.

  15. jcusa514 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:02 PM

    p4hbiz says:
    Sep 15, 2011 8:48 PM
    Pooor Miami! 1st The Heat choke, now empty seats and robo-calling to the “fin fans”, try saying that 3times…

    And that 2000 playoff game you fans missed was Great!, thanks to Charles Woodson and The Oakland Raiders. 21-0

    Lol!!
    ____________________________________
    FYI – that last blackout the dolphins had was a home playoff game against the colts. the dolphins won in OT. They lost in the second round to the raiders 21-0 in OAKLAND

  16. 12is3times4 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:03 PM

    skoobyfl: “They’re packing them in like sardines for the Dolphins games.”

    Like their (soon-to-be-former) stadium-mates the Marlins, the Dolphins could do a remake of the movie “300”, only in this case the title would refer to the number of fans in attendance.

  17. georgeanderson2 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:08 PM

    Steve Ross needs to start looking at those who he has put in charge of selling his tickets. The organization can not sell out week 2 of the NFL season?

  18. oldhamletman says: Sep 15, 2011 9:11 PM

    hard to get the fans hyped up with the personnel situation …. probably looking at winning only 1 or 2 at home….

  19. firstroyal says: Sep 15, 2011 9:22 PM

    @p4hbiz
    you would be right except Miami was playing the colts and the score was MIA 23 Colts 17 thanks to Lamar Smith

    but who cares about details and facts anyway

  20. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 15, 2011 9:25 PM

    The place is going to look like Yankee Stadium. Lots of empty seats.

  21. chizzle20 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:27 PM

    What’s next? They’re going to have to pay the season ticket holders to take more tickets! I know they would have to pay me to go watch those scrubs, and pay for my parking and food.

  22. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2012 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:35 PM

    Wow their sinking down to Jacksonville’s level, man you know ownership is counting down the games till the Jets & Bills come to town so they wont have to pony up to keep the black out away….

  23. skylark70455 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:42 PM

    I guess the majority of posters here get their information about the Dolphins from this site…. and hence come off sounding like the site proprietor when discussing anything Dolphins related – IE: moronic.

  24. david7590 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:42 PM

    @rectumnearlykilledem:

    Except the Dolphins lose all the time. But everyone hates the Dolphins, just like the Yankees.

  25. jerranamo says: Sep 15, 2011 9:47 PM

    Did hell freeze over? Cause i didnt see any jab’s at the Jags in this “story”

  26. riverhorsey says: Sep 15, 2011 9:52 PM

    no blackouts yet..

  27. richm2256 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:52 PM

    Flat out ridiculous.

    The Dolphins can’t sell out a home game against Tom Brady and the PATRIOTS?????

    Add into the equation that literally thousands of New England fans make the trek down to Miami for this game every year, and that speaks volumes about the lack of interest ‘Fins fans have in their team.

    Stephen Ross is an embarrassment to the NFL.

  28. mhalt99 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:52 PM

    Don’t hate too too much. I’m a lifelong birds fan…we have some of the most passionate(craziest if you prefer) fans and even we had to buy tickets when Lurie took over for that jack a*s Braman.

    Dolphins have been pretty bad since marino left….nice to see Henne have a good start after being so embattled…after what he went through in training camp its almost as if the fins fans don’t deserve him.

  29. murraysons says: Sep 15, 2011 10:00 PM

    Wheres Mercury Morris when you need him?

  30. db105 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:09 PM

    Overpriced upper endzone seats? Maybe they should lower the prices of the low demand seats. If the Dolphins ticket office continues to not relocate season ticket holders to better locations they will be losing season ticket holders too.

  31. sclazo says: Sep 15, 2011 10:31 PM

    Yeah because the country’s economic situation as nothing at all to do with it right? The record unemployment BUT you better attend a football game! That’s way more important right?

  32. slickrick971 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:31 PM

    Yes, call a team that has had a sell out streak for over a decade “pathetic.” Do you know how many Dolphins fans had to put up with 1-15? I went to several of those games that year and if I didn’t live in Michigan now, I’d still go. Tickets are getting expensive now, not to mention parking, food, etc. Miami went 1-7 at home last year so of course people are leery about buying tickets. Give them time and the fans will come back. And there are a lot of other teams doing this in the NFL with a way better team yet their fans still don’t show up…

  33. nflfan1326 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:36 PM

    @ nyjets fan, Yeah I guess they are on Jacksonville’s level. Jacksonville isn’t blacked out either, 14 straight non-blackouts. Now explain to me what jersey the taser guy was wearing inside YOUR stadium.

  34. thephantomstranger says: Sep 15, 2011 11:15 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 9:52 PM
    Flat out ridiculous.

    The Dolphins can’t sell out a home game against Tom Brady and the PATRIOTS?????

    Add into the equation that literally thousands of New England fans make the trek down to Miami for this game every year, and that speaks volumes about the lack of interest ‘Fins fans have in their team.

    Stephen Ross is an embarrassment to the NFL.
    ______________

    Ummm…I think they played the Patriots last week.

  35. thephantomstranger says: Sep 15, 2011 11:21 PM

    I thought I’d click on this story to see if there were any Packer fan losers making jerky comments, and bam! There they are, the first two comments. They just can’t understand that there are NFL cities in which going to the football game isn’t the only thing to do. The reason the Packers sell out every game is because the miniature golf course can’t accomodate the crowd and it’s more fun getting drunk with a large group than by yourself in the garage. Once a week you have to get out of the garage.

  36. brealistic says: Sep 15, 2011 11:28 PM

    Don’t believe for one moment the fans here in Miami can’t afford to attend any of these games. This is about Mr. Ross his front office his GM and his so called HC. We will not buy into this pipe-dream. We will not invest into to a bad product and why should we…

  37. justentertainingthestupid says: Sep 15, 2011 11:58 PM

    Why doesn’t this website hold a bash the Miami Dolphins day. Oh wait………that’s everyday I visit this site. Nevermind.

  38. ogre2010 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:16 AM

    You couldn’t have the Miami Heat Big Three to purchase the remaining tickets?

  39. debthebusybody says: Sep 16, 2011 7:19 AM

    To the “phantomstranger”

    The truth is hard to take, isn’t it? Stings a little bit doesn’t it?

    Ticket sales are a strong indicator of a franchise’s success (or lack there of).

    Your “team” is on the opposite side of the ledger.

    Off to LA they go.

  40. brealistic says: Sep 16, 2011 7:22 AM

    Guys you don’t get it, I was a season ticket holder for 15 years, the last four years has been nothing but a horse and pony show, this group must go, thousands of season ticket holder have all agreed not to renew our seats until this HEARD is GONE. Trust me this team will not relocate, The city of Miami will not allow that to happen nor will the NFL.
    If you are not happy with a product, will you continue to support/buy it ? I think not. When this group leave we will return…

  41. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 16, 2011 8:43 AM

    Obviously, there is a problem with the current model… and this isn’t just a Phin’s problem.

    How about smaller stadiums that are closer to the field instead of massive ones and why not go with affordable food prices? Oh wait, it’s all about squeezing every dollar out of the fans… my bad.

    Guess I’ll grill at home and enjoy the game with home with my family and friends. Not the same experience, but a fun experience all the same.

  42. marty2019 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:56 AM

    Don’t give me the “food is too expensive” crap. You don’t have to eat while you watch the football game. Unless, of course, you are one of the millions of food addicts in this country who can’t go 3 hours without eating something.

  43. sslugnuts says: Sep 16, 2011 10:22 AM

    Welcome to the real world, where people are finally sick and tired of paying for a sub-par product, while getting robbed at the game. Last week, I payed $5 for a bottle of water, really??? I could buy 60 bottles of water for $5.59 at my local supermarket. The NFL and its teams should be a little more fan friendly with their prices, and take a look at what things actually cost in the real world!!

  44. kevinfromphilly says: Sep 16, 2011 10:42 AM

    “Like their (soon-to-be-former) stadium-mates the Marlins, the Dolphins could do a remake of the movie “300″”

    Well, no wonder nobody goes – who wants to sit with a bunch of guys in dresses waving swords around?

  45. thephantomstranger says: Sep 16, 2011 11:13 AM

    debthebusybody says:
    Sep 16, 2011 7:19 AM
    To the “phantomstranger”

    The truth is hard to take, isn’t it? Stings a little bit doesn’t it?

    Ticket sales are a strong indicator of a franchise’s success (or lack there of).

    Your “team” is on the opposite side of the ledger.

    Off to LA they go.
    ______________

    Not that it matters in any way, but my “team” has sold out every game since 1998, so I’m not sure what “truth” is hard for me to take.

  46. phantomthebusybody says: Sep 16, 2011 11:58 AM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Sep 15, 2011 11:21 PM
    I thought I’d click on this story to see if there were any Packer fan losers making jerky comments, and bam! There they are, the first two comments. They just can’t understand that there are NFL cities in which going to the football game isn’t the only thing to do. The reason the Packers sell out every game is because the miniature golf course can’t accomodate the crowd and it’s more fun getting drunk with a large group than by yourself in the garage. Once a week you have to get out of the garage.

    __________

    Shouldn’t you trolls be a little more focused on whether McChubb can throw for more than 50 yards this week? Rather than pft comments?

  47. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 16, 2011 12:03 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Sep 15, 2011 11:21 PM
    I thought I’d click on this story to see if there were any Packer fan losers making jerky comments, and bam! There they are, the first two comments. They just can’t understand that there are NFL cities in which going to the football game isn’t the only thing to do. The reason the Packers sell out every game is because the miniature golf course can’t accomodate the crowd and it’s more fun getting drunk with a large group than by yourself in the garage. Once a week you have to get out of the garage.

    ______

    Your just jealous because your team is terrible and you STILL don’t have a stadium.

    Aren’t you in complete awe of us? I am. And I’m a believer.

  48. thephantomstranger says: Sep 16, 2011 12:09 PM

    phantomthebusybody says:
    Sep 16, 2011 11:58 AM
    Shouldn’t you trolls be a little more focused on whether McChubb can throw for more than 50 yards this week? Rather than pft comments?
    ________________

    You were the second one in on this story (as your alter ego) for the sole purpose of ripping the Vikings. You also have my name in your name. And I’m the troll?

  49. thephantomstranger says: Sep 16, 2011 12:13 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 16, 2011 12:03 PM
    Aren’t you in complete awe of us? I am. And I’m a believer.
    ____________

    Don’t let Tedy Bruschi hear you say that.

  50. thephantomstranger says: Sep 16, 2011 12:17 PM

    debthebusybody says:
    Sep 15, 2011 8:28 PM
    Sound familiar? Hellooooo minnesota!
    _____________

    Why don’t you change your name to Jerry Seinfeld’s Girlfriend’s Stomach?

  51. debthebusybody says: Sep 16, 2011 2:19 PM

    “Not that it matters in any way, but my “team” has sold out every game since 1998, so I’m not sure what “truth” is hard for me to take.”

    Sure you’ve sold them out with a lot of begging and pleading and corporate bailouts.

    SNAP!

  52. thephantomstranger says: Sep 16, 2011 3:46 PM

    debthebusybody says:
    Sep 16, 2011 2:19 PM
    “Not that it matters in any way, but my “team” has sold out every game since 1998, so I’m not sure what “truth” is hard for me to take.”

    Sure you’ve sold them out with a lot of begging and pleading and corporate bailouts.

    SNAP!
    ____________

    Snap? Who are you? Jackee? Phylicia Rashad? Ellen DeGeneres? Michelle Obama? Or just some guy who needs to learn how to mind his own business?

  53. debthebusybody says: Sep 16, 2011 10:09 PM

    “Or just some guy who needs to learn how to mind his own business?”

    Pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot.

    p1ss off!

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