I'm with you mooch.
I never understood the blackout rule. Luckily I grew up in NY and both the Giants & Jets were on every single week. I never experienced the blackout rule until I lived in West Palm Beach. It was 1998 and Marino was still there. The games used to get blacked out all the time (not that I cared because I loathe Miami
). That year they had a 1st round playoff game hosting Buffalo. You'd think that a playoff game against a division rival would sell out. Nope. The local TV station bought the last 3-5,000 tickets just so they could broadcast the game. I really think the rule makes no sense. A LOT of people & families can't afford to go to the games. The NFL is basically telling these people that they don't care about them....unless people that can afford to go fill up the stadium.
On another note, something weird happened in my area with that game today. I was up at the local sports bar that I go to to watch the Jets & Giants play. I live in Florida now.
I'm about 1.5 hours from Tampa, 2 hours from Jax, & 5 hours from Miami. At home they showed the Miami game & the Jax game at 1PM. No Tampa game. I figured that was because all 3 Florida teams were playing at the same time. So we're at the bar watching the Jets/Titans game (
We thought the Jets should've worn their old Titans jerseys...Clash of the Titans
) and we see that Detroit was up 17-0. This bar is awesome and there's 13 flatscreens behind the bar. 1 HUGE one that usually has the Miami game on it, and 6 smaller ones on either side. So we're sitting in front of 6 TV's and we asked the bar manager if he could change one of the games to the Tampa/Lions game. He couldn't! It was blacked out on their Direct TV package...and like I said earlier the local networks had only the Miami & Jax games on. I live 1.5 hours from Tampa and couldn't get the game....even with Direct TV's NFL package.
Is the Thanksgiving game going to be blacked out? Here's an article on that possibility:http://www.freep.com/article/20081121/S ... 049/SPORTS
From the article it sounds like it might be blacked out in Detroit, but not the rest of the country. The writer is calling for special dispensation if the game doesn't sell out...like the NFL did for the Saints after Hurricane Katrina. Happy Thanksgiving to Detroit from the NFL...you can't watch your team play. That would be unreal.
I think the NFL should get rid of the blackout rule. I think the NFL should buy ALL unsold tickets to every game that isn't sold out and give them away to kids and their families. THAT would be marketing the NFL!