Think watching your home town NFL team is your right as a tax payer (considering you helped pay for the stadium)?
Think again Jacksonville Jaguar fans.
Thus far, every home game in 2009 has been blacked out. To add insult to injury, this is a team in the playoff hunt, holding down a wild card spot after 13 weeks of play.
Let’s add this up: publicly funded stadium, a winning team, third lowest ticket prices in the league, but still not enough tickets have been sold to satisfy Roger Goodell’s minimum requirements for local television coverage.
No matter where the ticket prices rank league wide, the NFL shouldn’t uphold this policy in these economic times. Abel Harding, a business columnist at the Florida Times Union, told Conan Neal on Talk of the Nation, “that’s been a big deal, and that’s where it goes back to a lot of people saying maybe the NFL is being a bit greedy here, enforcing the blackout rule in the middle of an economic downturn…they’re making plenty of money. Maybe if they had some consideration, they might waive it for a year or so but they have not done that.”
The Sports Fans Coalition is committed to supporting legislation that will enable fans to watch their home team’s games.