Thursday, September 10, 2009
Blackouts to be available on delay at NFL.com
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Jaguars fans unable to see the team’s homes games, which are expected to all be blacked out because they won’t be sold out, are getting a little relief from the league.
The NFL just announced that blacked out games will be available on a delayed basis in home markets on NFL.com.
Here’s the relevant piece of the league’s news release:
“…Games blacked out locally for failing to sell out 72 hours in advance will be available on NFL.com at no cost in the affected home markets.
“These free ‘re-broadcasts’ locally of blacked-out games will be available at NFL.com beginning at midnight on the day of the game and remain available for 72 hours (except during ESPN Monday Night Football telecasts).”
"'We understand that the economy is limiting some families and corporations from buying as many game tickets as they had previously,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “These free re-broadcasts on NFL.com will allow our fans that can’t get to a blacked-out game an opportunity to see the entire game.'"
This seems like a reasonable compromise from the league, which is unwavering on the blackout policy. It maintains the element of the system which forces those who really want to see the game as it’s played to buy a ticket.
Don’t buy one and you have to settle for highlights until midnight. But now you’ll be able to watch the whole game on your computer then if you want to.