By mid-afternoon, we will know if the Cardinals will have sold out the home opener Sunday against the 49ers, preventing a local TV blackout. There are an estimated 2,000 tickets left (probably less than that by now), and there is always a chance, if the team gets close, the NFL will extend the blackout deadline 24 hours to give the team the chance at that sellout. UPDATE: The blackout deadline has been extended to Friday.
Blackouts, given the economy, will be an issue in the NFL this season. Jacksonville has already said they expect every one of their games to be blacked out locally and the Chargers are another team that has been up front in talking about probably blackouts. The NFL has steadfastly maintained it will not change its blackout rules, although it did announce today the ability to see the game on a delayed basis — for free — on NFL.com.
From the league’s release: The league’s new NFL Game Rewind package on NFL.com will make all games available on an on-demand, subscription basis throughout the 2009 regular and postseason. However, games blacked out locally for failing to sell out 72 hours in advance will be available on NFL.com at no cost in the affected home markets. These free “re-broadcasts” locally of blacked-out games will be available at NFL.com beginning at midnight on the day of the game and remain available for 72 hours (except during ESPN Monday Night Football telecasts). “We understand that the economy is limiting some families and corporations from buying as many game tickets as they had previously,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “These free re-broadcasts on NFL.com will allow our fans that can’t get to a blacked-out game an opportunity to see the entire game.”
Tags: 49ers, Blackouts, Roger Goodell
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