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NFL says attendance is up and blackouts are down

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For the third straight week, every NFL game will be shown on local television. The NFL is crowing about that.

The league put out a statement on Friday noting that attendance is up and blackouts are down compared to last season, through nine weeks of the season.

Out of 132 games this year, only four have been blacked out: Week One in Tampa Bay, Week Four in Tampa Bay, Week Five in Tampa Bay and Week Three in San Diego. Last year the NFL had 130 games in the first nine weeks, and seven of them were blacked out.

The NFL also said that paid attendance through eight weeks is up about 1,000 a game, at 65,610 this year compared to 64,609 in 2011.

There are, however, a few caveats. For starters, blackouts are down in part because the NFL changed the rules this year to make it easier for teams to get blackouts lifted in their home markets. And this early in the season, when some teams have already played five home games and other teams have only played three, it’s possible that an attendance increase could just be a statistical quirk related to teams with bigger stadiums having had more home games.

It’s also entirely possible that we’ll see an uptick in blackouts over the second half of the season. In addition to more blackouts in San Diego and Tampa, we could easily see blackouts over the second half of the season in places like Oakland, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Jacksonville.

Still, after the NFL had seen a steady decline in attendance over the last few years, the numbers released today have to be seen as good news for the league, which is continuing to do phenomenal TV ratings, and not doing too shabby at the box office.

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12 Responses to “NFL says attendance is up and blackouts are down”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Nov 2, 2012 8:12 PM

    well they can say whatever they want i see many empty seats at EVERY teams stadium on tv. Large markets included.

  2. db105 says: Nov 2, 2012 8:36 PM

    fitzmagic1212 says:
    Nov 2, 2012 8:12 PM
    well they can say whatever they want i see many empty seats at EVERY teams stadium on tv. Large markets included.
    —————————————————
    Those seats are primarily Club seats that do not count towards sellouts.

  3. mazblast says: Nov 2, 2012 9:07 PM

    It’s about seats sold, not seats occupied. The league couldn’t care less if the seats in the nosebleed sections are occupied–at least so long as they’re not shown on TV.

  4. i10east says: Nov 2, 2012 9:14 PM

    Jacksonville will NOT have any blackouts in 2012.

  5. jaxbill says: Nov 2, 2012 9:41 PM

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/12/jags-president-says-there-will-be-no-blackouts-in-2012/

  6. irishnativeson says: Nov 2, 2012 10:08 PM

    I’m 165 miles from the nearest NFL city and live and work in the 22nd largest television market, which by the way couldn’t possibly support an NFL team. This is America, where everybody loves a winner but there is no way even a fairly affluent, reasonably sized “market” is going to “support” any franchise, NFL or otherwise without immediate domination or some kind of history attached with winning. I’m not really sure if it would help if tickets and concession prices were reduced…what are the chances of that, but one would think that avenue would be explored. Sure it’s fun to actually attend the spectical that is NFL football but the NFL Ticket is less than one game for me and I would imagine for most of America.

  7. sfm073 says: Nov 2, 2012 10:13 PM

    I love football, but hate the way the nfl operates. Can’t say I would be dissapointed if it crash and burned.

  8. irishnativeson says: Nov 2, 2012 10:47 PM

    70th Green Bay-Appleton
    51st Buffalo
    47th Jacksonville, FL
    34th Cincinnati
    31st Kansas City
    28th San Diego
    26th Baltimore
    25th Indianapolis
    24th Charlotte, NC
    23rd Pittsburgh
    Half of those are “football” towns, the others live off of merchandizing and shared TV revenue, with the dubious exception of the team that can sell “shares”. There’s always an exception to the rule.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 2, 2012 11:29 PM

    Roger* Goodell* is doing such a great job.
    People don’t go to games because they love nfl football, they go to support Goodell because they love him so much and the work he’s doing to clean up the league.

  10. thebadguyswon says: Nov 3, 2012 12:01 AM

    Love the NFL….but I’d much rather watch from home and save the money. Live games are fun, but the cost and hassles associated with parking, etc are ridiculous.

  11. theravenlives2 says: Nov 3, 2012 7:23 AM

    70th Green Bay-Appleton
    51st Buffalo
    47th Jacksonville, FL
    34th Cincinnati
    31st Kansas City
    28th San Diego
    26th Baltimore
    25th Indianapolis
    24th Charlotte, NC
    23rd Pittsburgh
    Half of those are “football” towns, the others live off of merchandizing and shared TV revenue, with the dubious exception of the team that can sell “shares”. There’s always an exception to the rule.

    ==================================
    So, what’s your point? My team has sold out every home game in it’s 17-year history. I think that makes us a “football” town.”

  12. mikeyarch53 says: Nov 3, 2012 7:46 AM

    There is way too many things about the NFL that I do not understand… They have so many rules about Blackouts, pensions, Salary Caps, trades, on and on and on… All I know is … I Love every single part of it

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