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Dolphins Coach Expresses Disappointment With Timing Of Home Opener
Published September 8, 2011
TIME FOR A CHANGE? CBSSPORTS.com's Mike Freeman wrote fans should "pay close attention to the attendance situation in Florida this weekend," as the Dolphins, Jaguars and Buccaneers all have "struggled to sell tickets." The NFL "remains the most popular of sports, but the blackout situation -- and there are other teams facing this issue, about a half-dozen total -- has to be concerning." It is "possible the only team that ends up blacked out is Tampa, but the fact that so many teams struggled to sell tickets in the opening week is not good." Freeman: "We may be seeing the beginning of a league-wide trend where many teams, in the future, don't fill their stadiums because of ticket prices, drunken fools going to the game and HD television. It seems only a matter of time before the NFL is forced to alter its blackout rules" (CBSSPORTS.com, 9/7).