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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Blackout lifted

Jaguars fans will be able to watch Sunday’s season-opener against Tennessee on television. The club avoided a television blackout after ticket sales reached the blackout threshold before the 4 p.m. deadline.

Approximately 300 tickets remain that were returned by the Tennessee Titans.

“We’re tired of talking about tickets,” said Tim Connolly Jaguars senior vice president/business development. “We should be talking about the quality of players on our team. Going forward, we’ll do our best to get every game televised. Occasionally we won’t. When they’re not televised, we feel badly, but we’re not angry with anyone or upset. We know that people are doing the best they can.”

With approximately 1,700 tickets remaining on Thursday afternoon, the club asked the NFL for a 27-hour extension from the usual 1 p.m. Thursday deadline – which is 72 hours before kickoff – to 4 p.m. on Friday.

The club sold the majority of its tickets after Thursday afternoon and the Jaguars didn’t have to rely on a corporate sponsor to buy any remaining tickets. While there are approximately 300 tickets remaining, the NFL doesn’t count them for blackout purposes because they were returned by the opposing team.

The Jaguars have blacked out home openers twice (2003 and 2004) in their 13-year history.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

after my titans handed it to you guys again in our home away from home I am sure blackouts are on the way and we will take credit for not only smashing your team but running them out of jacksonville as well. Because everybody knows the only thing weaker than your team is their fans

September 9, 2007 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

"Our home away from home" that's funny. I've got to admit I kind of like it.

Now I'm not sure about the fans being weak. I've got to say that what happened here on Sunday surely doesn't help the cause though. From my vantage point, the ability of the Jags defense wasn't the problem. It looks like the club was beaten schematically.

September 10, 2007 at 6:38 AM  

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