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Jaguars Launch Preseason Ticket Promotion To Help With Regular-Season Sales
Published September 1, 2011
REELING THEM IN: In Palm Beach, Ben Volin noted Dolphins coach Tony Sparano yesterday “gave a de facto State of the Union address” at the team’s kickoff luncheon, but it “served as much as a plea for fans to show up to the stadium and help the home team avoid TV blackouts.” Sparano said, “I’m talking to the fans, the supporters -- we need your help. We need you in that stadium. This team needs your support. They need your undying loyalty” (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 8/31). Meanwhile, Tribune Co. sports writers weighed in on the Dolphins’ plans to honor the Univ. of Florida's ’08 football team during a Broncos-Dolphins game this season. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde wrote the promotion is “a really dumb idea.” Hyde: “Can’t they see how this is a slap at Canes fans?” The L.A. Times' Baxter Holmes: “Swing and a miss.” The Orlando Sentinel's George Diaz wrote, “This reeks of a desperate ploy to snag a few Orange and Blue fans to blend in with the fading number of Aqua jerseys in the stands.” But the Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei added, “What the Dolphins are doing by honoring the Gators is all about reaching out to another fan base and selling themselves. They hardly can be blamed for that” (LATIMES.com, 8/31).
HOT ON THE MARKET: The Bills announced that their home opener against the Raiders and the third home game against the Eagles are “sold out.” The Bills also revealed that there are “only limited tickets for the second game” against the Patriots (BUFFALO NEWS, 9/1).