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No Preseason Games on TV This Season for the Jaguars

If you were hoping to check out the Jaguars in preseason action to see how the team lines up for the 2009 season, you’ll have to buy a ticket. The team has decided that they will NOT show their preseason games either live or on tape delay. Here’s the article on it from Jacksonville Business Journal:

The Jacksonville Jaguars have decided that its preseason games will not be shown on TV in either a live or tape delay broadcast.

Facing a certain blackout of the games in accordance with NFL rules that would require the games to be sold out, team management also decided to not have the games taped for a delayed broadcast.

Jeffrey Whitson, vice president and general manager of Fox and CBS Affiliate WTEV, the Jaguars production partners, announced today in an e-mail to media that the decision was made by the Jaguars and not the station.

Whitson said it was a sound economic decision, and one that was prudent due to scheduling of production trucks, equipment and staff to tape the games.

“The cost to produce the game is exactly the same whether it’s in prime time or on tape delay at 11 or midnight,” WTEV general manager Jeff Whitson told ESPN. “From a recouping-our-costs standpoint, advertisers are not going to get the same value and can’t be charged the same. The economics of the game’s whole plan change except for the expenses.”


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