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Four weeks, no blackouts

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In the NFL, blackouts have been, well, blacked out.

Through four weeks, all 63 regular-season games will have been televised in the home team’s local market.  Per the league office, that’s only the third time the NFL has made it through four weeks of the regular-season without a single blackout.  The other similar stretches came in 2006 and 2008.

Thirty years ago, 55 percent of all games were blacked out locally through four weeks of the regular season.

Aiding the effort now is the ability by teams to shrink their minimum number of tickets to sell by 15 percent, a device several teams have embraced.

Still, at a time when the NFL is concerned about getting people to show up for games, they still are.

With or without free beer.

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18 Responses to “Four weeks, no blackouts”
  1. gumbogumbo says: Sep 26, 2013 9:18 PM

    If only this headline applied to Aldon Smith…

  2. ottawabrave91 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:21 PM

    why don’t u offer free beer with the yearly subscription to pft.com

  3. nygf says: Sep 26, 2013 9:21 PM

    Well this article certainly isn’t about Aldon Smith.

  4. citizenstrange says: Sep 26, 2013 9:31 PM

    I just want to make sure that everyone knows that this is a self-imposed, completely arbitrary rule driven 100% by the greed of the owners with zero — as in 0.000000% — concern for the fans.

  5. totallyuselessme says: Sep 26, 2013 9:35 PM

    And yet the owners still want more money, two-facing the players with “concerns” about safety while at the same time pushing for more games to take customers’ money.

    Because 10 billion a year isn’t enough.

  6. deezenucks says: Sep 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    Jax 0-3, complete rebuild, still no blackouts, with or without free beer….cue the relocation talk/tebow anyways

  7. t8ertot says: Sep 26, 2013 9:43 PM

    Steeler games will be blacked out from now on. That band wagon came to a screeching halt

  8. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 26, 2013 10:14 PM

    Even with the vikings opting for the lower percentage before the blackout, they are coming again to Minneapolis. They are a low revenue team that just cannot sell tickets.

    Some franchises can actually make more money playing their home game in London.

    It is a wonder why the vikings would want a new stadium but not build it any larger than their current stadium. With much higher prices and no additional seats the vikings will always have blackout problems.

  9. jrs45 says: Sep 26, 2013 11:32 PM

    Give it time lol the Bucs and Jags will be the first.

  10. bbray1972 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:00 AM

    Not true. I am a colts fan living in Daytona beach Florida and the Jags vs Colts game IS blacked out. Sucks!!!!!!

  11. gorgorcomes says: Sep 27, 2013 12:10 AM

    Thirty years ago, the NFL was coming off the most acrimonious work stoppage since the merger. Also, stadium capacity has diminished over the years.

    Just saying…

  12. philrat says: Sep 27, 2013 12:14 AM

    Are fans buying all the tickets or are the teams having to buy their own tickets in order to sellout?

  13. jasonfinfan says: Sep 27, 2013 9:22 AM

    Yeah im from jacksonville its sad the garbage the fans have been subjected to for the past 10 years…
    It almost feels like the owners are trying to make this team blow on purpose so they can relocate..

    Jacksonville needs to trade Maurice Jones Drew though, He doesn’t deserve this crap, If he was on a halfway decent team with a real QB he would be a hall of fame candidate.

    I will never understand why Blaine Gabbert was given 3 freaking seasons of starting.. How long do you have to look at a turd to realize yup its a turd.

  14. cheapglazers says: Sep 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    The owners have the option to by the remaining tickets needed to reach 85% or 100% depending on the team to lift a local blackout by paying 35 cents on the dollar for each ticket.

  15. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2013 11:31 AM

    jasonfinfan says:
    Sep 27, 2013 9:22 AM
    Yeah im from jacksonville its sad the garbage the fans have been subjected to for the past 10 years…
    It almost feels like the owners are trying to make this team blow on purpose so they can relocate..

    Jacksonville needs to trade Maurice Jones Drew though, He doesn’t deserve this crap, If he was on a halfway decent team with a real QB he would be a hall of fame candidate.

    I will never understand why Blaine Gabbert was given 3 freaking seasons of starting.. How long do you have to look at a turd to realize yup its a turd.
    **********************************************
    I hear you, Jason.

    Jags fans can’t show support for Khan fast enough, but I don’t see any support from him coming back to them.

    Once the get rid of Drew, and I really believe they will, that team will be as lean as it can be and it’s lean teams that get sold.

    I’m not hating, I’m just saying.

  16. dasmol says: Sep 27, 2013 12:10 PM

    Let’s give a big round of applause for tarps, right Joe?

  17. deezenucks says: Sep 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    MJD has been nothing short of amazing considering the talent on the team during his career in Jax. I would also like to see him have a shot and a championship somewhere, he deserves that much, jags are good for 1st overall anyways

  18. johnthomasmoney13 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:07 PM

    I think that’s the first time I’ve ever actually laughed out loud on here gumbo gumbo fine job.

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