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Does anyone know the answer to my question?

Posted on: September 1, 2009 7:14 pm
Ray Ratto wrote an interesting article about the possibility of as many as 12 NFL franchises having games blacked out this season due to poor ticket sales.  This made me wonder about one aspect of the NFL's blackout policy. 

For the record I just want to state that I will never personally be affected by a blackout for two reasons. 

First, my Redskins have a ten year waiting list for season tickets.

But even if millions of Skins fans stopped buying tickets I wouldn't be affected by a blackout because I live outside of their local market.

My question is this.  If an area has a game blacked out does it just apply to local affiliates, or would all cable NFL packages be blacked out also in local areas.  It seems reasonable to black out local stations so fans will have to pay to watch their team.  But blacking out a fan who has shelled out hundreds of dollars to buy an NFL product that guarantees the ability to watch every game would be wrong.

Of corse, the NFL is paranoid enough to black out DirecTV just to prevent a fan without cable from driving over to Buffalo Wild Wings to catch the game on their NFL package.

Does anyone know the answer to this?  Even though it will not affect me directly I am curious about the fine print of the NFL blackout policy. 
Category: NFL

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2009 1:34 pm

Does anyone know the answer to my question?

I do know this about Sunday Ticket..

If a game is a nationally scheduled game or at least scheduled to appear on your local stations, they black it out on Sunday Ticket.  I have had an issue with this where; the game was scheduled for my local area so it was blacked out on Sunday Ticket, then for some reason the game ended up not getting shown in my local market or the game switched on my local channel to a different game for whatever reason.  I ended up not getting to watch the team that I bought Sunday Ticket for in the first place.

I'd say your biggest risk is if you live in one of these 12 markets (i.e. Detroit) and your Redskins are playing against a team in one of those markets (i.e. in Detroit), and the game gets blacked out, based on the way Sunday Ticket works, you probably won't get to watch that game unless you go down to the stadium.  Other than that, your safe.

big d brandon
Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2009 12:30 pm
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Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 1:09 pm

Does anyone know the answer to my question?

I can tell you my experience...

I moved outsite the DC area years ago. I have always been a caps/skins fan so i got the NHL package. So the Caps are playing a team that is blacked out due to lack of ticket sales and the NHL package had the game blacked out for me! i wasn't in the state of either team but it was blacked out! i called Direct TV if for no other reason to vent to someone other than my wife who at this point was questioning my sanity and of course there was nothing they/Direct TV could do.

IMO i can't see blacking out the packeges (any sport). Sure, the local - free - channels; fine.

but blacking out the NFL package games seems shtty to me as you in a sense have "purchased" a ticket.

It's all about the owners in this one though i think.... as far as blacking out games.

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 2:06 am

Does anyone know the answer to my question?

To the best of my knowledge it woul NOT be blacked out for the entire nation (for those having sunday ticket).  However, if one has Sunday ticket and lives in the Cardinals market and it's blacked out, then it's blacked out for them too.  So here in NC I could still watch that game on Sunday ticket while PHX could not. 

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