Fans In Cities Where Games Don’t Sell Out Will Be Forced To Become Shut-In Insomniacs
Great news! The NFL has decided to somewhat alter its blackout policy, where home games are blacked out in television markets when all tickets are not sold prior to 72 hours before kickoff, but with a catch.
Facing the prospect of an increased number of television blackouts this season because of sluggish ticket sales in some cities, the NFL announced Thursday that games that are blacked out on TV in the local market of the home team will be shown on a delayed basis online in their entirety on the league’s Web site.
The games will be free in the affected markets, according to the NFL’s announcement, and will be available for 72 hours beginning at midnight on the day of the game. They won’t be available during “Monday Night Football” telecasts, the league announced.
Sah-weeeeeet!! Now, all you will have to do to be able watch your hometown team play on Sundays if the game is blacked out is unplug your phone, don’t go on the internet, turn off your television, not leave the house, sit in a closet and wait patiently until midnight and then call in sick the next day to work because you didn’t go to bed until four in the morning because you wanted to see whether your local squad won or lost without knowing how the game ended before watching it.
You see, Roger Goodell, on behalf of everyone affiliated with the NFL, understands how hard it can be during these troubling economic times if you don’t happen to be a senior executive in a billion dollar corporate entity or earn millions of dollars playing, coaching or working for one fo the affiliates of said corporation.
“We understand that the economy is limiting some families and corporations from buying as many game tickets as they had previously,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement released by the league. “These free re-broadcasts on NFL.com will allow our fans that can’t get to a blacked-out game an opportunity to see the entire game.”
And for those sorry saps who intend to make a concerted effort to not find out what the outcome of the game was prior to viewing it on NFL.com (good luck with that – anybody who has tried avoiding people for that very reason knows how well that turns out most of the time), isn’t it possible that when you log on to NFL.com, you are going to see the score while navigating to the game you want to watch? Because what’s the point of watching the game if you already know what happened? I guess the NFL’s intentions are nice and all, but the whole point of watching football is to enjoy it live and the uncertainity of what’s going to happen, not sitting at the kitchen table huddled over your laptop at 1:00 in the morning.
Blacked-Out Games to be Available Online [The Huddle]