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Dolphins Taking Advantage Of New NFL Rule To Avoid Home Opener TV Blackout
Published September 14, 2012
MORE TIME NEEDED: In California, Scott Bair reported the Chargers received a 24-hour extension "to sell the 2,100 general tickets necessary to lift" a local TV blackout for Sunday's home opener against the Titans (NCTIMES.com, 9/13). Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio noted an extension "usually means if they can’t sell the tickets, the team is going to buy the tickets at $0.34 on the dollar." Florio: "They need to because the Chargers specifically chose not to take advantage of the new (blackout) rule." The Chargers plan to “celebrate the life” of former Chargers LB Junior Seau at the game and are calling it “White Hot Sunday” by asking fans to wear all white (“Pro Football Talk,” NBC Sports Network, 9/13).
GAINING INTEREST: In Cincinnati, Joe Reedy reported the Bengals have sold out of tickets for Sunday's home opener against the Browns, marking the "first time the team has had two straight regular-season sellouts since early" in the '10 season. The Bengals had been unable to sell out 10 of their last 12 home games coming into the season (CINCINNATI.com, 9/12).