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No blackouts for Week One

The ongoing struggle to persuade enough people to choose to attend NFL games in person currently is succeeding.

With the Chargers announcing that their Monday night season debut will be televised locally, all blackouts have been lifted for Week One.  The league office previously informed PFT that no other games had been blacked out locally.

Of course, some teams have tipped the scales toward avoiding a blackout by taking advantage of a rule that allows the minimum number of tickets sold to be reduced from 100 percent of the non-premium seats down to 85 percent.

Also, teams can buy any remaining tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.  That may have happened in San Diego, where the Chargers moved 3,500 tickets during the 24-hour extension of their deadline.  (The Chargers have not reduced the non-premium percentage from 100 to 85.)

The Chargers host the Texans to launch the season.  Other cities hosting Week One games include New York, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Jacksonville, Detroit, St. Louis, Dallas, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Charlotte, San Francisco, and Washington.

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18 Responses to “No blackouts for Week One”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 7, 2013 10:46 PM

    The fact that there can be blackouts on publicly funded stadiums is obscene. Corporate welfare needs to be ended.

  2. lennydpocketqb says: Sep 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    So the Chargers bought the tickets themselves?

    The current model for capitalism is broken in San Diego. Demand for tickets to see that team is clearly on the downward spiral. This is game one. What’s going to happen when they are eliminated in week 5?

    London. Now.

  3. wearethesteelers says: Sep 7, 2013 10:55 PM

    Did the six Chargers fans really buy those tickets or are they breaking out the tarp?

  4. zimaman says: Sep 7, 2013 10:59 PM

    Feels like Christmas eve tonight

    Can’t wait until tomorrow , let the games begin!

  5. rickyspanish says: Sep 7, 2013 11:01 PM

    Even after all these years, I still find it hard to believe that teams have trouble selling all their tickets, especially San Diego, that place is huge and the Chargers are always a decent team.

  6. luponatrix says: Sep 7, 2013 11:13 PM

    I didn’t realize there were so many tarps in Jacksonville that didn’t already have Sunday plans.

  7. wryly1 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:30 PM

    NFL franchises are privately owned, for-profit businesses that get billions in local taxpayer funding for stadiums. There should never, ever be blackouts.

  8. vegaskid21 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:58 PM

    Well that’s because the Bucs are on the road.

  9. marauder6 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:01 AM

    Well the Bucs are playing on the road this weekend.

  10. coachbeck says: Sep 8, 2013 12:09 AM

    Well don’t the local governments get rent for these stadiums ?

  11. msclemons67 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:30 AM

    Jets fans demand a recount

  12. josephpete says: Sep 8, 2013 1:20 AM

    The Oakland Raiders: Commitment to lifting black outs..

  13. 1910nuffsaid says: Sep 8, 2013 2:36 AM

    Seriously why is San Diego even getting a Monday night game, what a joke.

  14. xgarcia22 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:55 AM

    Chargers fans are a joke. As fair weather as they come. They have obviously thrown in the towel before the season even started. SMH

  15. kingpel says: Sep 8, 2013 6:37 AM

    No blackouts because the Bucs are playing on the road.

  16. edsbiv says: Sep 8, 2013 7:05 AM

    Qualcomm is City owned and operated. The Chargers are just tenants who pay rent. By your logic that taxpayer funded stadiums should never be blacked out wouldn’t that apply to any event at Qualcomm? So all concerts must be shown as well. The City relies on monies from attendance and blacking them out benefits the City and taxpayers not just the NFL and the Chargers. It assists in putting behinds in seats.

  17. edsbiv says: Sep 8, 2013 7:10 AM

    Blackouts are necessary to assist the City also. The City operates Qualcomm so the attendance is important and since the Chargers and the NFL rent they can impose restrictions. By your logic all events need broadcasting such as concerts, monster truck rallies and other, and if that is so why ever attend anything at Qualcomm?

  18. censoredagain says: Sep 8, 2013 7:16 AM

    All 458 true Bucs fans just exhaled…

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