David Whitely doesn't think so. He reports here on the Jaguars' decision to put a tarp over 10,000 seats, making it easier to "sell out" the stadium and avoid the NFL's blackout rule.
To sell out their stadiums, the other AFC South teams only sell a ticket to one out of every 33 people in their drawing areas. Of course, they also have more competition for the entertainment dollar.
The Jaguars need to sell a ticket to every 15th person in a five-county region, Weaver said. But they own Jacksonville, and the demographic dilemma had been there from the start.
The NFL wanted to explore/plunder new markets, however. It chose Jacksonville over St. Louis and Baltimore, neither of which has had a game blacked out since it got back a team.
Almost all of Jacksonville's games have been blacked out the past few years. That's what prompted the tarp redecoration. Instead of 59,000 tickets, the Jags will only have to sell 49,000 non-premium seats in order to have their games shown on local TV.
Interesting. Anyone sense that the Jags will be on the block when their lease expires at Alltel Stadium?
In an open system of leagues, teams from smaller burgs occasionally get good, generate enthusiasm, and go on a run. In the US system of league monopolies, a town essentially gets a short term lease on a team, then it gets auctioned off to the next town starved for the sport. Thanks to Tom Kirkendall for the link.