Teams mentioned that are having problems this year include:
- Minnesota (even after acquiring their cash for clunkers QB)
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- St. Louis
Some pre-season games have already been blacked out.
In past years it wasn't too big of a deal for a local giant corporation to step up to the plate and scoop up the remaining tickets but those deals are much tougher in this economy.
To me, the blackout is the most effective way to get the general populus to be LESS interested in your product and your team. And lets be real - the gate is a nice bonus for each team, but the TV revenue is really where it is at for them. The blackout just seems like such an obsolete tool to use to get people to come to the game. Let me try to wrap my head around the thought process.
I am not able to watch my favorite team on TV, so this will motivate me to actually go to the game so others can enjoy the game in the comfort of their own homes.
Really, the blackout policy punishes those who may someday be interested in the team, and those who are less well to do, who might love to watch the game, but simply can't afford to go to the game.
If the game were on TV, the ad revenue stays there, as the eyeballs still sit through the ads...unless they can't watch the game due to a blackout, and they will be watching reruns of Hogan's Heroes instead.
Come to think of it, they might be further ahead.