Count the Browns among the teams that won’t reduce their minimum count of tickets to be sold in order to lift the local blackout of home games.
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns have decided not to take advantage of a new rule that allows teams to reduce the requisite percentage of non-premium tickets from 100 to as low as 85.
“It’s a non-issue for us,” Browns V.P. of media relations Neal Gulkis told Ulrich. “Our fan support has been tremendous, and we fully expect that all of our games will be sold out and televised locally.”
The Browns avoided several blackouts in 2009 via the purchase, with sponsorship help, of the remaining non-premium tickets. Presumably, they’ll do the same thing if the Browns struggle to sell tickets in 2012.
So far, only the Buccaneers have embraced the change, reducing their minimum all the way to 85 percent.