Blackouts an option, as teams fail to sell tickets

This includes Indy, as I'm sure some of you are aware; see, as of yesterday (and I'm assuming, today), the Colts haven't sold nearly enough tickets. It could be the prices — the average price to see Indy is $227.00 — or because we're all on the latter side of a socially-induced commercial smorgasbord; I wonder how much money those "True Meaning of Christmas" movies made …

The NFL has granted the Indianapolis Colts an extension of the local TV Blackout rule due to the New Year’s holiday.  The NFL local TV Blackout rule states teams must be sold out 72 hours in advance of each game’s kickoff time to have the game broadcast on local television.

Tickets for the Chiefs at Colts Wild Card Playoff game may be purchased at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com while they last.

While this is basically like the league telling people to buy tickets (or else), it's lost some sight of its original purpose. See, when a team gets a franchise — at least, when they used to — the NFL makes sure that they're still profiting from the people there, because money from television stations, merchandise, and everything else they sell at an unreasonable price doesn't cut it.

Unless Jim Irsay frequents this blog, we're probably all on the same side here … but really. It's not like Indy will stop selling games out without the blackout rule; hence, punishing a fanbase for one terribly, terribly placed weekend isn't quite fair.

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