LOCAL TV BLACKOUT IN DETROIT
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 6, 2008, 4:22 p.m.
Detroit fans were so loyal to the Lions that the team’s first 50 games at Ford Field were sellouts, even though the Lions were the worst team in the league over those 50 games.
But the fans in Detroit are finally fed up.
The Lions’ 51st game at Ford Field — two weeks ago against the Redskins — failed to sell out, and now this Sunday’s home game against the Jaguars hasn’t sold out, either. So Sunday’s Jaguars-Lions game will be blacked out on local television in the Detroit area.
Under NFL rules, a game has to be sold out 72 hours before kickoff for the blackout to be lifted. Although the league has a fairly loose definition of “sold out” and is willing to give a 24-hour extension to teams that are close to a sellout, the Lions aren’t even close, with 6,000 tickets still available.