DETROIT RESIDENTS SPARED OF WATCHING CRAPPY FOOTBALL

The downtrodden Lions have enjoyed a sellout streak throughout the seven darkest years any NFL team has endured.
But the run ends Sunday, when the home game against the Redskins won’t appear on local television.
The Lions had previously sold out every game played at Ford Field, which opened in 2002.  The run of 51 consecutive sellouts began with the final game of the 2001 season.
Asked about the possible non-sellout, Lions coach Rod Marinelli said, “No comment.”
Actually, he didn’t.  Here’s what he said:  “It’s our fault — that’s my fault.  If we were playing better, and if we were executing better and we were winning more, then [the fans] would come.”
We appreciate Marinelli’s willingness to take the blame, but it’s not as if the Lions have been tearing it up for the past seven years.  We think that the economy is factoring into the end of the streak, coupled with the fact that Ford Field has now been around long enough to have lost its novelty
A total of 5,000 tickets were unsold as of 72 hours before kickoff.  No 24-hour extension was given, which seems to confirm something we heard earlier this year about this specific aspect of the process.
As the legend/theory/rumor goes, an extension is provided only if the team has already lined someone up (often, the local television station airing the game) to buy any leftover tickets.  Then, a 24-hour extension is announced in the hopes of getting folks who really want to see the game to buy tickets under the premise that there’s a chance the game won’t be shown on television locally.
Meanwhile, a behind-the-scenes sellout already has been arranged, and the folks who buy tickets during the 24-hour window help to reduce the size of the pill that a third party ultimately will swallow.

29 responses to “DETROIT RESIDENTS SPARED OF WATCHING CRAPPY FOOTBALL

  1. “The downtrodden Lions have enjoyed a sellout streak throughout the seven darkest years any NFL team has endured.”
    Sorry, but the Packers have them beat by a mile as far as futility, considering the 70s and 80s. AND THEY SOLD OUT EVERY GAME!

  2. So what this basically means is that it’s not worth a couple thousand tickets to broadcast the Lions in Detroit.

  3. How come people are not saying anything about the fans of Detroit. Its seems to me that they have some of the best fans in the leauge. I mean to sell out every game since 2002, is a big deal. Espcially with the bad football they have seen over the time. Thats a true fan. And being a Saints fan for so long, I know a thing or two about watching bad football, but i support my team and it seems like the lions fans do the same thing…….unlike other team’s fans.

  4. Cheer up Lions fans.. only 184 more days until you ruin the career of a promising collegiate athlete.

  5. “Sorry, but the Packers have them beat by a mile as far as futility, considering the 70s and 80s. AND THEY SOLD OUT EVERY GAME!”
    Jeez, can’t you let the Lions win something?

  6. Bad economy or not, Detroit is a football city and people would go if there was anything decent to see.

  7. Whoa, not so fast…most of the upper midwest, and I would presume Detroit as well now, will get to see Favre go up against the hapless Chiefs on CBS at 1pm. Apparently Favre tortured his NFC North rivals for so many years, that now CBS wants to torture their viewers with a horrible games, as opposed to showing SD/NO matchup from London.

  8. “Sorry, but the Packers have them beat by a mile as far as futility, considering the 70s and 80s. AND THEY SOLD OUT EVERY GAME! ”
    Lambeau in the 1980 seated 56,000. Ford seats 70,000
    Quite a big difference, especially when you add that at least Green Bay still had a huge following from previous success. Packers won their division in 72. The Lions haven’t won the division since 1993.

  9. Yeah, well in the metro-Detroit area we have more than two ways to spend our Sundays unlike you in Green bay (watch football or bang moose)
    Florio: FYI, the overwhelming majority of fans attending games are not from within the city limits but out in the burbs (read: more money). The economy sucks but going to games is not as prohibitive as you make it out to be.

  10. I know a certain fellow at college in Ohio who found Lions-‘Skins tix for $20 this weekend. TWENTY DOLLARS. When was the last time a Jackson got you into an NFL game? 19diggityThree?

  11. Oh, and you say the ’70s and ’80s?…try the ’60s, 70s, ’80s, 70% of the ’90s up through this decade…beat by a mile? Pa-lease! 31-84 over Millen’s tenure alone shouldn’t put to question the loyalty of Lion fans…

  12. Fan_of_Football says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 3:41 pm
    “Sorry, but the Packers have them beat by a mile as far as futility, considering the 70s and 80s. AND THEY SOLD OUT EVERY GAME!”
    But, the Packers played 3 games in Milwaukee at that time; and not that there’s much to do in Detroit, but there’s even less to do in Green Bay.

  13. I am extremely upset about this, this is a stupid rule by the NFL does the NFL one of the richest powerful organizations in the country really need the money that bad that they are demanding us here in southeast michigan (which by the way isnt rolling in cash)to pay 100 dollars a ticket to watch an 0-6 football team, we should have the ability of watching the team if we want to,we literally CANNOT afford to go watch the game we are addicted to the lions and to football and no 1 o clock game is just terrible.

  14. kookabura3 says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 4:20 pm
    “I am extremely upset about this, this is a stupid rule by the NFL does the NFL one of the richest powerful organizations in the country really need the money that bad that they are demanding us here in southeast michigan (which by the way isnt rolling in cash)to pay 100 dollars a ticket to watch an 0-6 football team, we should have the ability of watching the team if we want to,we literally CANNOT afford to go watch the game we are addicted to the lions and to football and no 1 o clock game is just terrible.”
    Do you want some cheese with your whine? Think of all those “Cardinals fans” in Phoenix (when they played at Sun Devil)who only saw home games when Dallas was the opponent. It’s a league rule. Get over it. Your 0-6 team isn’t worth watching, anyway.
    BTW – if you can’t afford a $100 ticket, then work harder and stop reading a sports blog while you are supposed to be working.

  15. @ kookabura3
    So true. If the leauge wants to keep fans loyal to their team show the game. Who cares about a few thousand tickets. What about the fans that go to a couple games a year. Why punish them and ultimately lessen their interest when they can’t watch from home? The league must remember where all the millions and millions come from: The true fans.

  16. >>ralphieund says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 3:53 pm
    Whoa, not so fast…most of the upper midwest, and I would presume Detroit as well now, will get to see Favre go up against the hapless Chiefs on CBS at 1pm. Apparently Favre tortured his NFC North rivals for so many years, that now CBS wants to torture their viewers with a horrible games, as opposed to showing SD/NO matchup from London.<<
    They couldn’t show it anyway. NO is considered the home team for that game, and IIRC, Fox is the network that gets to broadcast NFC games.

  17. Isn’t broadcasting a Lions game cruel and unusual punishment? Seems like the league is doing Detroit a favor.

  18. Wow zygi milf, yeah blame us for not being rich its totally our fault that the whole U.S economy is in a recession and the motor companies are suffering worse than anyone, does the NFL think that we are now going to go out and by tickets because our 0-6 football team isnt on T.V

  19. SpartaChris says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 5:03 pm
    They couldn’t show it anyway. NO is considered the home team for that game, and IIRC, Fox is the network that gets to broadcast NFC games.
    Incorrect. Fox shows NFC vs NFC matchups and NFC vs AFC when the NFC is the AWAY team. This is a CBS game.

  20. “DETROIT RESIDENTS SPARED OF WATCHING CRAPPY FOOTBALL”
    What the hell? You missed a golden opportunity here:
    So the Michigan game isn’t being televised this week in Detroit? Link to CFT.

  21. Crappy football?!? Portis and Santana are gonna light it up and that’s worth the price of admission right there!

  22. lions fans boo a lot. if they arent there… so what…
    trap game!
    and detroit is hockey town. no contest. even the former mayor tried to glom onto the red wings celebration a few months ago…
    booed by (at least) one hundred thousand from suburbia…

  23. >>paytonsdaman says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 5:34 pm
    SpartaChris says:
    October 23rd, 2008 at 5:03 pm
    They couldn’t show it anyway. NO is considered the home team for that game, and IIRC, Fox is the network that gets to broadcast NFC games.
    Incorrect. Fox shows NFC vs NFC matchups and NFC vs AFC when the NFC is the AWAY team. This is a CBS game.<<
    Ahhh, ok. I thought it was the other way around for some reason. Thanks for the info.

  24. no crappy game? i bet they show us cincy-houston. or balto-oakland. or patskis-ramskis. jets-chiefs. niners-seahens. or more than one of them.
    lions are actually playing hard these days. cause they would all like to play somewhere next season.

  25. the NFL should buy up those tickets and distribute them to some under-privileged area youths who wouldnt normally get to see a game. You get the game on TV in the market, it’s good PR that helps grow the future fanbase, and its most likely a tax write-off.

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