Jaguars Already Having Issues When It Comes to Filling Seats in 2009

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It’s going to be interesting to see how some NFL teams are going to try to get butts in the seats this season with the issues many folks in the country are facing when it comes to finances. One team that had issues last year that could very well face them again in 09 is Jacksonville.

Jacksonville.com wrote today about some of the issues with the Jags, and how most of, if not all their games will be blacked out in 2009:

The Jaguars may be forced to blackout most, if not all, eight regular season home games on TV. The Jaguars need to sell 50,000 non-premium seats at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to lift the blackout, but they’re not close to that figure after finishing their season ticket renewal campaign.

Tim Connolly, the team’s senior vice president for business administration, declined to release the figure of how many non-premium seats they’ve sold, but a league source put the figure in the 35,000-range. “It’s going to be challenging,” Connolly said.

How about teams like the Browns, Rams, Tampa Bay and San Fran? Baseball has been hit already early in 2009, and while the NFL plays many less games, some teams may have to find creative ways to find a way to bring fans into stadiums this fall.


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