Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TV Blackout Averted; the Jaguars Say Tickets Sell Quickly; Only a Handful Remain for Sunday's Season Opener

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TV Blackout Averted; the Jaguars Say Tickets Sell Quickly; Only a Handful Remain for Sunday's Season Opener

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

Jaguars fans without tickets to Sunday's home opener won't have to worry about a local television blackout.

The Jaguars avoided what could have been their third blackout for a home opener in the last five years by selling what they say were approximately 1,700 non-premium tickets in a 27-hour period.

About 300 tickets that were returned by the Tennessee Titans remain for Sunday's game. The NFL doesn't count those for blackout purposes because they were returned by the opposing team.

"We're tired of talking about tickets," said Tim Connolly, the Jaguars' senior vice president of business development. "We should be talking about the quality of players on our team. We're not down here selling souls or saving lives. We are providing entertainment."

With approximately 1,900 tickets remaining Thursday afternoon, the team asked the NFL for a 27-hour extension from the usual 1 p.m. Thursday deadline - which is 72 hours before kickoff - to 4 p.m. on Friday.

The Jaguars sold the majority of their tickets after Thursday afternoon, and they didn't have to rely on a corporate sponsor to buy any remaining tickets. Team owner Wayne Weaver said Wednesday that the Jaguars wouldn't ask a sponsor to buy tickets to lift a local TV blackout.

If a few hundred tickets remained as the deadline approached, Weaver had the option of helping the team lift the blackout by purchasing the tickets himself. Connolly said Weaver didn't purchase the remaining tickets.

The team also could have sent a written guarantee to the NFL that it would buy any remaining tickets at kickoff to avoid a local TV blackout. The St. Louis Rams announced they did that on Thursday to avoid a blackout. The Rams still have approximately 700 remaining tickets for their season opener.

"No one stepped up [to purchase tickets in bulk to lift a potential blackout]," Connolly said. …

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