Last season five Lions games were blacked out on local television because Ford Field did not sell out.
The Lions now have a double-whammy of trouble selling tickets between the fact theyre coming off an 0-16 season and theyre trying to do business in a shaky economy.
Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, was asked on Saturday if the blackout rules would change. He said he understands about the local economy, but its a long-term policy that wont change.
The economy is suffering all over the country. Obviously its getting particularly hard hit here in the Detroit area. ... There are challenges in some markets. Clubs have to work harder. We recognize what our fans are going through, the challenges they have and all the clubs have been very responsive, Goodell said.
But dont expect the NFL to ease up on its black-out rule.