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For second straight week, no NFL blackouts

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Ticket sales in the NFL appear to be picking up.

For the second straight week, every NFL team has sold enough tickets to lift the local television blackout, and therefore there will be no blackouts in the NFL this week.

Among the teams doing well at the box office are the Raiders, who have now sold out their first five games of the season for the first time since 2006.

One of this week’s sellouts, Rams-Cardinals in Arizona, is a rather dreadful affair that benefited at the gate by the Cardinals’ decision to force people to buy tickets to this game if they wanted tickets to last week’s Steelers game. That meant a lot of Pittsburgh fans who purchased those tickets were stuck trying to re-sell tickets to the Rams-Cardinals game.

The Chargers, who host the Packers on Sunday, also forced any fan who wanted a ticket to the Packers game to get it as part of a multiple-game package. The Chargers are expecting so many Packers fans that they’re pumping in crowd noise at practice, something you don’t often see teams do before a home game.

And in a further sign that ticket sales are going well, the Bengals announced today that next week’s game against the Steelers has sold out — the Bengals’ first sellout of the season.

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15 Responses to “For second straight week, no NFL blackouts”
  1. j0esixpack says: Nov 4, 2011 4:13 PM

    Is it still politically correct to say “blackout”?

    I was castigated for using the term “Mail Man” the other day.

    Just to be safe I’m going to call them a “Person person” from now on.

  2. nationalmediacansuckit says: Nov 4, 2011 4:21 PM

    No one has ever cared about reporting blackouts until this site came along a few years ago. NFL fans have never cared about reading about blackouts of another team. Bottom lime, no one cares.

  3. Stiller43 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:28 PM

    “And in a further sign that ticket sales are going well, the Bengals announced today that next week’s game against the Steelers has sold out — the Bengals’ first sellout of the season.”

    Can’t wait to see the sea of black and gold that shows up to the “home sellout.”

  4. sbxxix says: Nov 4, 2011 4:38 PM

    For Raider fans in San Diego this is not a good thing. They wont get to watch their team. They must be mad at all the GB fans buying all the tickets because we all know SD fans are probably diving head first off the wagon and selling their tickets to Packers fans.

  5. blackbug99 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:44 PM

    Actually it (blackout data) gives general “state of the franchise” info to both the locals and to outsiders. It’s also a source of pride to some fans, or consternation to others. As long as they don’t beat it to death, I’m good w/it!

  6. minnysoda says: Nov 4, 2011 5:29 PM

    While Green Bay experiences their 51st year of no Blackouts

  7. corvusrex96 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:30 PM

    “That meant a lot of Pittsburgh fans who purchased those tickets were stuck trying to re-sell tickets to the Rams-Cardinals game.”

    So what exactly is the problem with that ???

  8. pack13queens0 says: Nov 4, 2011 6:21 PM

    There usually aren’t any blackouts on a week where the Vikings are either on the road, on bye or the Packers are @ the Dome. The other 7 weeks on the other hand might be difficult.

  9. sportsinhd says: Nov 4, 2011 7:08 PM

    I’m happy for the Raiders resurgence, they have some devoted fans, and it’s good when a team with a national fan base starts playing well and selling out their stadium.

    As a Bay Area Resident though, I almost with they wouldn’t sell out. The NFL’s rules for “home market” teams ruins football around here. Just like New York, we don’t get double headers like the rest of the country, nope, the only games on feature the Raiders or the 49′ers.

    This might have made sense before the country became mobile, but every city and every region contain fans of every NFL team. Most people in the Bay Area are transplants anyways, and are forced to live in apartments without access to DirectTV and Sunday Ticket. I know it’s mindless whining, but it gets frustrating, and RedZone Channel doesn’t quite cut it.

  10. propernig says: Nov 4, 2011 7:54 PM

    Yea, because the Bucs had their bye week last week and are away this week. The streak only goes 2 weeks cause the Bucs come home for next weeks game against the Texans. GO BUCS!

  11. slickster35 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:00 PM

    How many more losses until the faider bandwagoners hop back off? Pathetic.

  12. tatum064 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:16 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Nov 4, 2011 4:13 PM
    Is it still politically correct to say “blackout”?

    I was castigated for using the term “Mail Man” the other day.

    Just to be safe I’m going to call them a “Person person” from now on.

    ===================

    Oh, in that case, just to be safe , I’ll call politically incorrect people “jackasses”

    joesixpack usually applies to “out-of-touch idiot”

    Labels can be misleading, right?

  13. tatum064 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:19 PM

    sbxxix says:
    Nov 4, 2011 4:38 PM
    For Raider fans in San Diego this is not a good thing. They wont get to watch their team. They must be mad at all the GB fans buying all the tickets because we all know SD fans are probably diving head first off the wagon and selling their tickets to Packers fans.
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    I get it. No tickets would be available for the Raider game next week, because they had to package both the Packer and Raider game together. Charger fan should be angry , because Packer fan will take it over, but more “Charger” fans will show up on a Thursday.

  14. tatum064 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:20 PM

    minnysoda says:
    Nov 4, 2011 5:29 PM
    While Green Bay experiences their 51st year of no Blackouts

    ========

    WTF else is there to do up there?

    Of course there are no blackouts.

  15. axespray says: Nov 5, 2011 4:49 AM

    ^ obviously there’s a lot more to do up here than triple posting on a random PFT comment section… nice try thou tough guy.

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