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NFL NEWS & NOTES: GIANTS COULD FACE EARLY-SEASON EMPTY SEATS
Published September 26, 1997
There is a "good chance" the NFL Giants will have their smallest September crowd since the team moved to the Meadowlands 21 years ago this Sunday against the Saints, which could mean "about 10,000 no-shows, if not more," according to Bill Pennington of the N.Y. TIMES. Giants co- Owner Wellington Mara: "Nothing sends a more powerful message than empty seats. It's a message that we're not pleasing our patrons" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/26). OTHER NOTES: In Tampa, Bucs officials said "only 57,000 are expected for Sunday's game against Arizona," leading to a local blackout (ST. PETE TIMES, 9/25)....As of late yesterday, "about" 12,000 tickets remained for Sunday's Eagles-Vikings game, which will be blacked out in the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/26).....In San Diego, Mayor Susan Golding sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in "an attempt to have the league lift" the Chargers blackout this Sunday. Golding said in a statement: "The NFL created the blackout to encourage people to purchase tickets to sell out home games. However, through the rent credit, the Charges will not lose ticket revenue for unsold general admission tickets. Therefore, the financial requirement needed to lift the blackout has in essence been met." According to an NFL source, Tagliabue said he would review the request (UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/26).