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Colts Will Require Sellouts To Avoid TV Blackouts Despite NFL's New Policy
Published July 11, 2012
WHAT'S IN IT FOR THE FANS? In Nashville, David Climer writes under the header, “NFL's Compromise On Blackouts Doesn't Go Far Enough.” The 85% rule is a “step in the right direction where Joe Fan is concerned.” Climer: “But let’s take it further: The practice of blacking out games should be dropped entirely in NFL cities where taxpayer dollars were used to fund the stadium. … Since you footed that bill, why should the NFL determine whether you can watch the home team play on TV, regardless of how many tickets are sold?” Even "if you never set foot in LP Field for a football game, you have vested interested in the Titans” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 7/11). SB NATION’s Bomani Jones said, “I keep hearing about the NFL saying they’re going to improve the stadium experience to get guys out there. Why don’t you do something kind of kooky, like go a little easy on the prices for these tickets and concessions” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 7/9). In Phoenix, Bob Young wrote a jersey trade-in policy, lower ticket prices, cheaper beer and free parking are among the moves that “might help” to get fans into stadiums for NFL games (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/11).