Just wanted to shed the light on the inaccuracy of our local media. This is why I say they are just as bad as the national media. Here's an article today stating last season, the team bought 9,000 to avoid blackout our home opener. (which this was my first time hearing that)
Nobody hates the B-word more than Jaguars president Mark Lamping. His job is to move the franchise away from that dreaded financial nightmare, which continues to be unfairly connected to Jacksonville.
Jaguars' blackouts are so 2009. They just can't seem to shake the national perception, fueled by media laziness, that Shad Khan bought a team most prone to not showing home games on television. The truth is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders blacked out more home games than the Jaguars since '09, but why ruin a convenient myth?
Lamping's goal is to stop the madness. He wants everyone who cares about the Jaguars to move beyond the negativity associated with the B-word.
"As it relates to ticket sales, it's like there was this countdown to lifting the blackout," said Lamping, who was hired in February. "The reason we sell tickets has nothing to do with a blackout. It's to generate the revenue to have a stable franchise. If we do that, we don't have to worry about blackouts."
Unfortunately, the Jaguars aren't there yet. Eight weeks before the regular season begins, all Lamping concedes is the team has sold as many season tickets as when the 2011 season kicked off. He won't reveal the actual number.
Maybe that's because, a few days before the Sept. 11 home opener against the Tennessee Titans, the Jaguars had to purchase almost 9,000 tickets to have that game televised. If Lamping's hint is accurate, that might be an indication of how much the Jaguars still need to sell to avoid 2012 blackouts.
Now heres the article from last year stating the complete opposite:
Jaguars Notebook: Team asks for extension to avoid blackout
Posted: September 8, 2011 - 10:30pm
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By Vito Stellino
The Jaguars sent out a signal that they plan to avoid a TV blackout for the season opener against Tennessee on Sunday by requesting a 24-hour extension.
The usual deadline to sell out the non-premium tickets is 72 hours before kickoff or 1 p.m. Thursday. Teams rarely ask for an extension if they don't plan to avoid the blackout.
The Jaguars had about 5,000 non-premium tickets to sell Thursday, but there are two other ways to avoid the blackout.
So in essence, one article is saying we had 9,000 tickets left and the team bought them. The other article states we had 5,000 remaing so we requested an extention. So which one is true.? Ifwe just bought up 9,000 tickets we would have never requested an extension in the beginning.
This is why I hate our local media. They are just as dumb and inaccurate as the national media. The sad part about that is they have access to all of the facts, I mean they are in Jacksonville!! That is why Im happy Lampkins is keeping the ticket sales numbers to his self. If you haven't noticed, this off season there have been little to no articles about " Will the Jaguars avoid blackouts?" You wanna know why, because we stopped talking about it locally!! Lampkins knows what he is doing. If you dont talk about it, they have nothing to report!