No blackout changes
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed again this week that the NFL will not drop or adjust its television blackout policy for home games this season. This could be bad news for Lions fans.
The commish knows some teams the Jacksonville Jaguars have lost much of their season ticket base could be in trouble. Its the first full NFL season where teams are trying to overcome the sour economy to sell tickets.
Last year five of the Lions eight home games were blacked out because Ford Field was not sold out 72 hours prior to game time. The Lions are trying every type of ticket package to boost sales. They even have an all-you-can-eat ticket which gets you a seat and unlimited food and soft drinks. The Lions are facing a double-whammy coming off an 0-16 season and trying to sell tickets when unemployment is 15 percent in Michigan. Of course, as they say, the best marketing plan is winning.