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Rams won’t say whether they’re taking advantage of new blackout rule

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So far, four teams (Bucs, Raiders, Dolphins, Vikings) have embraced the changes to the blackout rule, which allow teams to televise home games locally by selling as few as 85 percent of all non-premium tickets.  Several other teams potentially falling within the blackout red zone have said they won’t be reducing their sales targets, including the Chargers, Bengals, Jaguars, and Colts.

The Rams are one of the few remaining teams that have had trouble moving tickets.  Contacted by PFT for their position on the new blackout rule, the Rams said they won’t be saying what they’ll be doing.

So either they are or they aren’t.  Our guess is that they are, primarily because we believe that the Rams over the past few seasons have quietly being buying up unsold tickets (directly or with the help of sponsors) to ensure that home games would be televised.

It’s unclear whether the Rams will be able to keep their secret, if they indeed have embraced a reduced sales minimum.  The league undoubtedly is aware of the decision, and all it takes is one person at 345 Park Avenue to blab.

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12 Responses to “Rams won’t say whether they’re taking advantage of new blackout rule”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 16, 2012 6:34 PM

    The phrase will have to be reworded. “Rams won’t say whether they’re taking disadvantage of new blackout rule”.

  2. nflinla says: Aug 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    LA Rams !

  3. scoops1 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    Oh well

  4. emma333 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:49 PM

    Why should the Rams make their decision public, and shame on a possible person on Park Av the would blab. The constant focus on the difficulties of small market teams in this bad economy is unfortunate. Some of the mega market franchises are no better than the ones that are continuously sited, but due to large populations, the margin of error of attendance and media coverage is out of proportion.

  5. miserynmossouri says: Aug 16, 2012 6:59 PM

    Who would want to endure another season of horrible football. Maybe the rams should be playing in the SEC, maybe, just maybe they could win there.

  6. charleslouis99 says: Aug 16, 2012 7:31 PM

    please show the games some people can’t drive 50 miles to see a rams game its just too much if I lived closer than maybe

  7. huskersrock1 says: Aug 16, 2012 7:51 PM

    Charleslouis99

    If you can’t afford to drive 50 miles then you can’t afford 200 dollar tickets.

  8. charleslouis99 says: Aug 16, 2012 8:02 PM

    Their are actually ssome under 50 dollars but still some people don’t have the money to spend on a crappy team but I still support them

  9. beavertonsteve says: Aug 16, 2012 8:37 PM

    The Rams have have been the laughing stock of the NFL for 5+ years, but props to them for ensuring their games have been shown on TV. Looking at the crowd sizes at some of their home games it’s obvious someone (Budweiser?) was making sure their games being shown. However they worked it out they deserve some credit since they could have easy just said “to hell with it, black em out.”

  10. gottagotowork99 says: Aug 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    Maybe you shouldn’t live in Rolla then.

  11. mrcogburn says: Aug 16, 2012 10:39 PM

    I thought Jeff Fisher would fill the place. Maybe not so much?

  12. thermalito says: Aug 16, 2012 10:41 PM

    @beavertonsteve: yea, now all the Rams are doing is holding the city of St. Louis hostage for a billion dollars if they want to keep the team. Rams will be back in Los Angeles by next year.

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