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Crowds are solid in Jacksonville, sparse in Miami

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So I’m watching four preseason games at the same damn time via NFL.com’s Preseason Live package, and it’s hard not to notice the contrast between the crowds in Jacksonville and Miami.

The Jaguars have nearly a full house against the Giants, with some patches of blue in the upper deck.  Unless these seats belong to season-ticket holders who opted not to show up, it means that unsold non-premium tickets were purchased by the team at 34 cents on the dollar to lift the local blackout.

In Miami, the check needed to lift the local blackout would have had more than a few zeroes.  The crowd at Sun Life Stadium for the Bucs-Fins game looks sparse.

“Sparse” actually is kind.  There’s hardly anyone there.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m. ET:  Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene says that the game wasn’t blacked out locally.  Which means that owner Stephen Ross bought the excess at 34 cents on the dollar.

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9 Responses to “Crowds are solid in Jacksonville, sparse in Miami”
  1. jaxdolfan says: Aug 10, 2012 8:39 PM

    4 games at once? Hard to do when most of them are blacked out. I only live in 1 market, how can 4 or 5 games be blacked out?

  2. hulkhogansays says: Aug 10, 2012 8:39 PM

    I stand by a comment I made during PFT Preseason rankings, the best thing the NFL could do is take away Pro Football from that area and reward three hungry football cities. Maybe Florida would appreciate even ONE team after a long absence brother.

  3. jaxdolfan says: Aug 10, 2012 9:14 PM

    NFL preaseason blackout. I will have to watch the games later I guess.

  4. db105 says: Aug 11, 2012 4:52 AM

    Why would anyone want to pay full price for a meaningless preseason game?

  5. jagalag says: Aug 11, 2012 9:44 AM

    I went to the game. There actually were not that many Giants fans there relative to what some other visiting teams might have drawn. Many fans, Jags and Giants, spent more time outside the stadium than inside. It’ll no doubt be a full house for the season opener.

  6. mortimeryoung says: Aug 11, 2012 9:56 AM

    In Jacksonville, plenty of people (season ticket holders and others) opt to go watch the game from the sports bar overlooking the south end zone, so don’t jump to conclusions about seats. It was actually pretty loud in Everbank Field last night.

  7. whags334 says: Aug 11, 2012 10:56 AM

    Good call Mort, it’s called the Bud Light Party Zone and there are usually 2-3k in or around it during the whole game…usually upperdecker’s.

  8. footballer4ever says: Aug 11, 2012 12:53 PM

    The Dolphins used to be the “local team” in town; Nevertheless, they have been pathetic for so many years that they are so foreign locally that even INS will depot them.

  9. footballer4ever says: Aug 11, 2012 1:32 PM

    The Dolphins used to be the “local team” in town; Nevertheless, they have been pathetic for so many years that they are so foreign locally that even I.N.S. will deport them.

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