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Old 07-16-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Default New game 'black out' rule

The NFL has adopted a new rule for the 'black out' of a game. Where it use to be that 100% of tickets had to be sold 72 hours before a game, it will now be 85%. Of course there's always a BUT. It's an option that each team will have a choice. They can accept or reject. But if they accept, any seats sold over the 85%, the revenue must be split with the visiting team.
The black out for TV coverage is still 75 mile radius of the stadium.
Looks like alot more home games on TV
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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Doesn't affect us here in Steeler Country!
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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The blackout rule is Archaic and outdated like tons of other things... ie the electoral college, the college bowl system, and CDs.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: NJ
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One of the all time stupid rules. When tickets cost upwards of $100 for bad seats it just makes no sense.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Don't think it is an issue in the midwest, teams are pretty popular!
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Woodinville
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Seahawks are popular enough to sell out every game, but I still think the black out rule is a real D-move by the NFL.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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Don't think it is an issue in the midwest, teams are pretty popular!
Thats's because there's nothing else to do except... Cow-Tipping!
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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The BUCS have been averaging about 90-92% and only two sell outs in the last two years. They've agreed to the 85% rule. So it means they don't mind spliting the over 85% revenue with the visiting team. And they've lowered alot of seats to $30 Now if they can get the concessions to lower the price of a cup of foam [they call it beer]
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: 38 38' 45" N, -90 20' 08" W
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There are some teams where this rule will never be an issue. For now, however, the markets that benefit from this, as I see it:

All Florida teams
St. Louis
San Diego
Oakland
Cincinnati
Possibly Phoenix

I think in the future, the Chiefs or the Titans might benefit as well. Panthers would have fallen into this category as well, if not for the juice Cam Newton brings to the city.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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If the stats from ESPN are to be believed, 9 NFL teams sold 100% or more of their total tickets for the 2011 season. New Orleans, Tennessee, New England, Baltimore, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Dallas. Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Green Bay, Arizona, New York Jets and New York Giants all sold over 95% of the total available tickets for the 2011 season. So you have 21 of 32 teams that sold at least 95% of their tickets, not too bad considering ticket prices are pretty high in a lot of cities and the economy is still not the best in a good number of cities in this country.


The blackout rule is not the best option. If I lived in a city where my team was flat out awful and it was that way over the course of several years, I wouldn't be exactly running to buy tickets and not being able to watch at home would be a second blow.

Cincinnati was the lowest having only sold a little over 75% of their tickets. I am sure that number will rise given the promise the team has going into 2012.
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