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Five weeks, no blackouts

The NFL currently has put together an impressive streak, even if it requires the application of an asterisk.

Through five weeks of the 2013 regular season, not a single game will be blacked out locally, according to the NFL.  It’s the first time that has happened since 2008, when the season’s first blackout happened in Week Eight.  Two years earlier, the first blackout came in Week 12.

Last year, three games were blacked out through the first five weeks of the season.

Making it easier to “sell out” stadiums is the new (as of 2012) ability of teams to reduce their minimum sales threshold from 100 percent of all non-premium seats to 85 percent.

While no extensions of the 72-hour deadline for selling the minimum number of tickets were requested this week, it’s still possible that teams like the Raiders or Rams bought any unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.

Potential hot spots for Week Six include Buffalo and San Diego.  Tampa would be a possible blackout location, but the organization announced last week that all home games will be televised, meaning that the team and/or its sponsors will buy any remaining tickets for all home games played at Raymond James Stadium.

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18 Responses to “Five weeks, no blackouts”
  1. onebucplace says: Oct 3, 2013 4:59 PM

    Why would anyone go to pay to see that abortion that is Greg Schiano Football? I love the Bucs, go to games every year – I won’t be doing so this year until that piece of Jersey trash is fired.

  2. RexCanCoach says: Oct 3, 2013 5:04 PM

    It smells like 1976 all over again in Tampa Bay.

    Maybe trop storm Karen can clear the air…

  3. chargerdillon says: Oct 3, 2013 5:06 PM

    I promise you, my Chargers wont let you down. We’ll have a blackout sooner or later!

    Don’t lose the faith!

  4. dasmol says: Oct 3, 2013 5:11 PM

    Thank goodness for tarps!

  5. canjura says: Oct 3, 2013 5:13 PM

    Why would ANYONE want to go see Brian Schottenheimer and Tim Walton calling plays? I don’t live in St. Louis, but I wouldn’t go to another home game if I did until those two were fired. Gregg Williams has so much less talent in Tennessee than we have in St. Louis and his defense is MUCH better than ours. Why’d we fire him again? Even Baby Williams, Blake, was more talented than Walton. fire the coordinators! already printing shirts.

  6. turtlehut says: Oct 3, 2013 5:17 PM

    TARPS??? Living in Indy I watched the Colts at Jacksonville and can’t believe the number of empty seats I saw the few times the cameras showed the “paying” customers!

  7. foul83 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:25 PM

    I dunno. I blackout after drrrrankin’ each NFL Sunday.

  8. EJ says: Oct 3, 2013 5:27 PM

    The Buffalo Bills will sell out week 6 against the Bengals. Win or lose tonight vs. the Browns, Buffalo is doing much better this year than the last. They have only lost those two games to the Patriots and Jets by 7 or less. The team is down to 3rd and 4th string defensive backs, at the rate that they are going with the injury bug, I’m not sure how much longer they can hang on with all of these backups, but they have shown improvements.

  9. palefaceflorio says: Oct 3, 2013 5:30 PM

    I find your use of the word “blackout” and its negative connotation highly offensive. I may be just one person who is offended, but as we all know it takes just one offended person to force an organization to change.

  10. schmitty2 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:34 PM

    As a Rams fan I can fully guarantee that stadium will be more than half empty. A crappy product on the field playing against a more crappy product not to mention the Cardinals playoff game on tv at the same time will cause that.

  11. cheapglazers says: Oct 3, 2013 5:36 PM

    Only 20% of the Stadium is filled. Why do we have to watch this mess on TV? Please sell the buccaneers Mr. Glazer. Your kids have completely destroyed this team!

  12. jayniner says: Oct 3, 2013 5:37 PM

    @ chargerdillon

    That’s hilarious because we were all thinking it!

  13. coltzfan166 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:43 PM

    Man, those are some committed Jags fans

  14. swaggyy says: Oct 3, 2013 5:45 PM

    Blackout is not offensive. You just want to make it offensive

  15. gb4mn0 says: Oct 3, 2013 6:22 PM

    MN has a bye or they’d be begging a local company to buy 10k tickets at $.10 on the dollar to avoid a blackout.

  16. icanspeel says: Oct 3, 2013 7:51 PM

    Week 6 the Chargers play on Monday night, so doubt that gets blacked out since someone will buy up whatever is left over.

  17. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 3, 2013 8:32 PM

    Jag fan here. Our team looks like an abortion.

    We still don’t anticipate any blackouts. Those empty seats usually are sold to loyal jag fans.

    Someday, perhaps we won’t suck – and will be able to offer competitive games in our home stadium.

  18. middy8484 says: Oct 3, 2013 11:05 PM

    Keep the Lambs in MS. They too will not disappoint and end the blackout run. Crappy product they have over there.

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