Originally Posted by RemyM
Club seats don't count towards the sell out rule. However, those seats could have been sold and the people were just staying inside the warm and dry club.
That's why the NFL is against getting rid of the blackout rule. They know they will have many half full stadiums if the games are televised locally without being sold out.
Blacking out games is stupid, period. If the home town fans can't go to the games because the tickets have been priced out of their reach or, as in the case of my hometown Panthers, expensive PSL's are first required to even buy
a season ticket, and then they can't even watch the team on television, you enter what I would call a "flush cycle". People can't see the games, they get resentful, they lose interest, ticket sales are further depressed. Then, the rest of the script goes: owner threatens to move the team (usually to LA - why do you think the League doesn't put an expansion team there?) if city doesn't subsidize his "losses". Of course, no NFL owner actually ever loses money because of the giant TV contracts that are shared equally. (You pay for that in the increased cost of beer, cars, and cable television fees.) Owning an NFL team is as close to owning your own money-printing mint as you can get.
My team just extorted $87 million out of the city of Charlotte for escalators (for which the stadium wasn't even designed) and a new scoreboard even though the team's owner is a billionaire and could easily have paid for the upgrades himself. He keeps all the profits, naturally, and they are considerable. That's true even though the PSL buying fanbase paid for most of the stadium construction. They get no share of the profits and if you fail to renew your season tix, you lose your PSL and all equity therein. Somewhere, P.T. Barnum is laughing.
It's a giant racket, and the American public is hooked on it like a junkie on crack. Me included, I'm not proud to admit.