Jacksonville Jaguars End Blackout Discussion
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been the target of many unfair jokes about tarps and blackouts recently, but they are looking to put all of it behind them.
New Jaguars team president Mark Lamping told the media that the Jaguars will not have any television blackouts this season, making this the third season in a row the Jaguars will avoid blackouts altogether.
However, this is different than the past two seasons in which the Jaguars would wait until the deadline and ask for an extension from the NFL, and ultimately have the blackout lifted by a combination of corporate sponsors and the team buying up the remaining tickets.
This season the Jaguars do not even want the word blackout to come up at any point during the year, so they are not going to even to talk about them. There are still tickets available for all of their home games, but instead of asking for extensions the Jaguars are just going to buy up all of the reaming tickets and continue to sell them at a discounted price.
By all accounts, Jaguars season ticket sales were on the rise this off-season, enough so that the Jaguars decided to not utilize a new NFL rule that allows teams to reduce their blackout number to 85 percent of capacity, like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins did.
The Jaguars have even discussed removing the tarps for a couple of games this season.
Yet, the Jaguars will continue to be the butt of jokes from members of the national media because they are an easy target, but the ticket sales problem in Jacksonville is no longer existent.