Jaguars aren’t interested in blackout relief either

AP

They may have more seats than they want, covered by tarps they don’t want, but the Jaguars aren’t interested in blackout relief.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that the Jags are passing on the league’s offer to reduce the percentage of tickets sold to avoid a television blackout to as low as 85 percent.

“We have not finalized our blackout number yet, but it will be the same as last year, or very close, to accomodate some seating initiatives we are considering unrelated to the blackout issue,” team president Mark Lamping said.

The Jags haven’t been blacked out since 2009, when nine of 10 home games, including both preseason games, were not shown on local television.

So far, the Buccaneers are the only team to take the league up on the offer to lower the threshold, meaning they’ll potentially have to share more revenue in exchange for the home market seeing the game on TV.

The Titans, Chargers, Bills and Colts have said no thanks as well.

13 responses to “Jaguars aren’t interested in blackout relief either

  1. Nice job by the NFL of shifting the focus of Congressional blackout hearings to the individual teams that are refusing to lower their blackout number.

  2. So last I saw a Jags game on TV they had covers over at least 2 sections. Wikipedia shows

    Capacity NFL football: 67,246 (expandable to 76,867)
    College football/special events: 84,000

    Looks like at least 9000 seats blocked off already and they are running at about 88% of true NFL capacity. If they go with 85% that takes them under 60000.

    Too bad the lease deal makes it uneconomical to move.

  3. The Bucs are? LOL didn’t you post an article on ticket sales with them. Oh wait it was renewals (yawn).

    If not for the sweet deal they have with Tampa, they should move to another city with such a pathetic fan base in much larger city than Jax.

  4. Who needs it when you get spectators from other sports to buy tickets to a game they could care less about. The tarps also help.

  5. The lease doesn’t hold the team there at all. Jaguars can move without penalty if they lose money one year followed by two seasons under the league average in attendance. That may already be the case for all we know. Shad Khan told Wayne Weaver he would do his best to make the team work in Jacksonville. That is all that binds them to the city. Despite the crooked, sleazeball mayor.

  6. As a lifelong Dolphins fan living in Orlando, this is very good news, as we are a Jags’ TV market. I’d rather watch a bad Miami team than a bad Jacksonville team.

  7. bigal5654 says:
    Jul 13, 2012 9:46 PM
    Capacity NFL football: 67,246 (expandable to 76,867)
    College football/special events: 84,000

    Looks like at least 9000 seats blocked off already and they are running at about 88% of true NFL capacity. If they go with 85% that takes them under 60000.

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    Just to clarify for the umpteen millionth time, the seating capacity for a Jaguar game is 67,000. Total stadium capacity is 76,000. 9,000 seats are covered up. That leaves 67,000 for a Jags game.

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