To date, three teams have embraced the changes to the blackout rule. Others still have some time to make a final decision.
Despite an initial deadline of July 15, the league office tells PFT that each team has until its initial preseason home game to make the modification of their “manifest,” reducing the minimum number of non-premium tickets that must be sold from 100 percent down to as low as 85 percent.
Thus, teams that can still take advantage of the rule include the Cardinals (who play their first preseason home game on August 17), the Vikings (August 17), and the Rams (August 18). The Vikings have said that they will announce their decision this week.
The Dolphins, Buccaneers, and Raiders previously have embraced the full reduction to 85 percent.