Time for the end of the Blackout Rule
The NFL Blackout Rule started in 1951. The purpose was to force people to attend the games by not televising them in the local market. Over the years, the rules changed to allow a televised game if the home stadium met a minimum required “sellout”. So, basically, in an attempt to make more money, the NFL is making local fans angry. It’s a vicious circle. I’m not sure where the logic of making people mad when they miss the game will boost ticket sales, but I didn’t come up with the over 20 billion dollar idea.
It’s not that people don’t want to go to the games, but there are logistics. Time, other sports, kids, traffic and of course, expense. Even if you go alone and expect to eat you are looking at a $100 day. That’s if you get not-so-great seats and do not have alcohol.
Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, I’m sitting here waiting to hear from The Chargers how many seats we need to sell by Thursday to avoid a blackout. That number is 7,200.
So, go get some tickets!