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( (St. Petersburg Tim)   Sports bars struggle to survive in NFL town where no one is allowed to watch the game   ( divider line
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2805 clicks; posted to Sports » on 10 Sep 2012 at 10:44 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-10 04:11:14 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: You ever watch the NFL live? Dam game is as boring as baseball. Seriously, 3/4 of the game is a bunch of guys standing around playing grab ass, and the other 1/4 of the three hour ordeal is them smashing into one another.

Sure it seems exciting on TV, but then they don't have to sit around and wait for the players to line up, huddle up, or the officials to finally make a decision. They can cut to cheer leaders, commercials, replays, or talking heads. TV makes this game interesting, watching it real time makes me want to give myself brain damage so I can enjoy it.

That's where the beer comes into play
2012-09-10 04:50:40 PM  
Being a Steelers fan in Bucs country makes me proud -- last year we got more PIT games due to TB's blackouts
2012-09-10 05:05:43 PM  

meanmutton: So, let me get this straight:

We have a government-protected business that doesn't have to follow monopolistic or trust laws, that operate in a stadium funded by the public (a cost of around $200 million that was completely public money), being broadcast on public airwaves that are owned by the public... and the public doesn't get to see the farking game?

That aside, it's a stupid business move on the part of the NFL. Why do they think that people are going to get interested in going to a game when they can't pay attention to the team? I just don't get the point of the whole blackout rule.

TV contracts get paid regardless of blackout. The teams don't really care, but the teams keep money that is generated in-stadium, whereas they split the TV money and merchandising outside of the stadium. The NFL as a whole just wants its teams to make enough money that the owners don't want to switch cities every 5 years as that is a big PR hit for the league in general.
2012-09-10 06:18:31 PM  

LesserEvil: Welcome to the Silverdome-era Lions fan experience.


80,000+ seats, sold out by Sunday, but not by the Thursday deadline. I do believe we went for quite a stretch without a televised home game, thanks to the idiotic blackout rules.

Hell, I grew up in Toledo, so was subject to the Lions' blackout rules. I became a Bears fan because I was always getting their games instead. And I recall being home from college during winter break, and having Lions PLAYOFF games blacked out (Barry Sanders era).
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