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Rams buy their own tickets to avoid blackout

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Apparently the prospect of potentially getting the first overall pick in next year’s NFL draft wasn’t enough to get St. Louis fans to fill the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday.

The Rams bought back their own unsold tickets to avoid a local television blackout for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. NFL rules allow teams to buy back their unsold tickets at 34 percent of face value in order to avoid a blackout.

With the Rams at 2-13, it’s no surprise that St. Louis fans aren’t going to fill the stadium. For Rams fans, the biggest question is whether the Rams will get the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, which will come with a loss to the 49ers and a win by the Colts over the Jaguars.

That game may be played in front of thousands of empty seats, too: The Jaguars received a 24-hour extension to the blackout deadline on Thursday and haven’t yet had the local blackout lifted for their home game against the Colts.

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7 Responses to “Rams buy their own tickets to avoid blackout”
  1. mvpolamalu says: Dec 30, 2011 12:27 PM

    Its great that they did that, but it wont pay off much since most people in st louis probably wont watch it

  2. dionoil says: Dec 30, 2011 12:55 PM

    My team was there last year. Hard to a 2 win team

  3. wardmanone says: Dec 30, 2011 1:32 PM

    Check that the St L fans will watching come on they might score a touchdown to give them a total of what 14. Who will want to miss this? Its the Rams front office trying to make some amends to yet another pitiful display of football that GM and HC are being held accountable for…

  4. deacroman says: Dec 30, 2011 3:08 PM

    If the NFL and Kroenke were smart they’d get the Rams back to LA ASAP so the Rams/49ers game would be relevant again.

  5. nflinla says: Dec 30, 2011 3:22 PM

    Just move the Rams to LA already !

  6. ambitoos says: Dec 30, 2011 3:37 PM

    Reply to Deacroman. If Kroenke were smart they’d move the Rams back to LA.
    Great idea. This would renew the 49er and Ram rivalry. That was one of the best rivalry’s in football at one time and could be again. Bring them back where they belong.

  7. stlouis81 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:54 PM

    Why the hell is everyone so obsessed with LA getting a team? The NFL isn’t doing it for the fans there – they’re doing it for the TV market, nothing more. It doesn’t benefit us, the fans – it benefits companies like ESPN and NBC.

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