Rams won’t say whether they’re taking advantage of new blackout rule

So far, four teams (Bucs, Raiders, Dolphins, Vikings) have embraced the changes to the blackout rule, which allow teams to televise home games locally by selling as few as 85 percent of all non-premium tickets.  Several other teams potentially falling within the blackout red zone have said they won’t be reducing their sales targets, including the Chargers, Bengals, Jaguars, and Colts.

The Rams are one of the few remaining teams that have had trouble moving tickets.  Contacted by PFT for their position on the new blackout rule, the Rams said they won’t be saying what they’ll be doing.

So either they are or they aren’t.  Our guess is that they are, primarily because we believe that the Rams over the past few seasons have quietly being buying up unsold tickets (directly or with the help of sponsors) to ensure that home games would be televised.

It’s unclear whether the Rams will be able to keep their secret, if they indeed have embraced a reduced sales minimum.  The league undoubtedly is aware of the decision, and all it takes is one person at 345 Park Avenue to blab.

12 responses to “Rams won’t say whether they’re taking advantage of new blackout rule

  1. Why should the Rams make their decision public, and shame on a possible person on Park Av the would blab. The constant focus on the difficulties of small market teams in this bad economy is unfortunate. Some of the mega market franchises are no better than the ones that are continuously sited, but due to large populations, the margin of error of attendance and media coverage is out of proportion.

  2. The Rams have have been the laughing stock of the NFL for 5+ years, but props to them for ensuring their games have been shown on TV. Looking at the crowd sizes at some of their home games it’s obvious someone (Budweiser?) was making sure their games being shown. However they worked it out they deserve some credit since they could have easy just said “to hell with it, black em out.”

  3. @beavertonsteve: yea, now all the Rams are doing is holding the city of St. Louis hostage for a billion dollars if they want to keep the team. Rams will be back in Los Angeles by next year.

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