Four weeks, no blackouts

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.

18 responses to “Four weeks, no blackouts

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.
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    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.

  8. 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

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