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Perenially Sold Out Texans Have Tickets Remaining For Opener
Published August 26, 2009
|Could Texans Be Heading To A Blackout
For First Time In Franchise History?
BLACKOUTS SELF-DEFEATING: ESPN.com's Tim Keown wrote the NFL's blackout rule "has always struck me as one of the more self-defeating ideas in the marketplace." Keown: "By withholding local television coverage in markets that don't sell out games, the NFL employs a passive form of blackmail: Go to the game, or miss it altogether." In the current economic climate, can the NFL "expect fans in Detroit and Oakland and St. Louis to continue to support terrible teams run by terrible organizations if they punish them for refusing to pay inflated prices to see an inferior product?" But NFL Dir of Corporate Communications Dan Masonson said the league's blackout policy is "not changing," and officials "haven't had any discussions about changing it." Masonson: "It's been a successful policy long-term. ... We've worked with teams to address the current economic situation by creating some variable pricing plans. We're working with them on flexibility and options. Some teams are allowing fans to pay for season tickets on installment plans" (ESPN.com, 8/25).
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi wrote the possibility that the Jaguars' eight home games "will likely be blacked out this season" is "good news for Orlando," which has been designated as a Jaguars market. Orlando's WKMG-CBS is "required to carry the Jags when they are not blacked out," and station VP & GM Skip Valet said the blackouts "will certainly open up our options." Valet: "My responsibility is to give our viewers the best games possible, and the Jaguars have not always been our most popular team despite the geographic proximity. ... If you're an NFL fan in Orlando and not a Jaguars fan, this is good news. If you're a Jags fan, this isn't good news" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/22).