Oct 16, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of fans and empty seats at MetLife Stadium before the game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
It was awesome to hear that the NFL was making it easier for fans to watch games from home by making the blackout rules more lenient. What SUCKS to hear is that the Chargers likely will not participate and will keep their threshold the same. That threshold would be 100% sellout of games.
“We don’t have as many opportunities to get revenue from other places like naming rights, signage and other sponsorship opportunities,” A.G. Spanos (SD Union Tribune)
According to the new rule that would allow teams to reduce the threshold on ticket sales for games, the new threshold that will be set would have to be set for the whole season no matter who the opponent was. When the Chargers have big money games against the Broncos and other teams, they could see a possible loss in revenue for those games.
So much for watching games at home on the couch in our underwear! The wife will now just force us to do some yard work while we listen to Josh Lewin call the games on the radio. OR we have to fork up the money in order to watch the game.
Either way, Chargers fans will not gain anything from the new rules on NFL blackouts.