Dolphins-Jets Might Be Blacked Out This Weekend -- UPDATED

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In probably the least surprising news ever, people don't want to pay well over $50 to go watch a mediocre football team.

The result of that not-at-all-surprising news is that this weekend's showdown between the Dolphins and Jets at Sun Life Stadium is facing local TV blackouts because of a lag in ticket sales.

The NFL has granted the Fins a Friday-afternoon extension to sell 85 percent of nonpremium tickets required to avoid the blackout.

But this was supposed to be a football town!

Oh

Right.

The Dolphins have until 1 p.m. this afternoon to sell the 51,000 nonpremium seats required by the league, or else it's LIGHTS OUT as far as people watching the game locally on TV this Sunday is concerned.

The Fins haven't had a blackout since 1998, but that's mainly because owner Stephen Ross has been ponying up for the remaining tickets to avoid them -- like he did last week, when the Raiders came to town.

But according to team spokesman Harvey Greene, Ross is going to put the kibosh on that practice sometime this season. Maybe even starting this weekend.

"We're hopeful of getting it on local television," Greene said. "We're still hopeful of selling this game out."

And Dolphins fans are hopeful the team can finally stop sucking ass.

If only there were a way for fans to speak out on their displeasure in a way that the higher-ups like Ross could hear them... that is, without being called an "asshole."

Update [12:30 p.m.]: The Dolphins have announced that the blackout has been lifted, so you can watch the game from home. Expect this to be a weekly thing every home game.



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Bob Nabstedt
Bob Nabstedt

I truly feel sorry for you poor folks. Not only do they force feed you the Dolphins, but the Jets, too? The only way I could watch that is if I sat on Ol' Sparky!

Danny Morin
Danny Morin

That's what happens when you sell sub par products at premium prices. $45 + $25 to park in grass, $8 beers, $6 hotdogs, $4 water to sit in 98° 100% humidity brutal Florida sun for a team that is a joke. I love the Dolphins, but I won't pay for this shit anymore.

Ken Schoenberg
Ken Schoenberg

They need a new stadium...c'mon Dade...time to pony up again.

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@byChrisJoseph Attendance issue is a league-wide problem right now. Not unique to Dolphins.

rpachter
rpachter

@NewTimesBroward Worst part about it? Listening to the lamest play-by-play man in the NFL, Jimmy Cefalo.

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@evilmiamimonkey Actually, it is. Habitual blackout problems only really exist in San Diego, Tampa Bay, and here.

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@byChrisJoseph JAX also. People like staying home and watching Red Zone channel

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@byChrisJoseph Yep. He will do what Miller did in game 7 about once a week :)

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@byChrisJoseph Allen is a better fit here than with us. You don't need him to play defense or run the floor like we did. He can just spot up

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@evilmiamimonkey If by not celebrating a championship and not signing Ray Allen and not getting younger, then I agree!

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@byChrisJoseph That's OK. We had a better offseason than the Heat :)

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@lil_bit_special Because Fantasy Football & gambling have changed how people watch the game

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@evilmiamimonkey Larry Bird ain't walking through those doors....

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@byChrisJoseph Don't remind me. 22 years in the wilderness with ML Carr & Rick Pitino :(

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@evilmiamimonkey People like winners. Happens in every town. Happened to the Celtics too before their Big Three.

evilmiamimonkey
evilmiamimonkey

@byChrisJoseph Fair Weather :) half the people in the AAA never went to a basketball game before The Decision :)

lil_bit_special
lil_bit_special

@evilmiamimonkey why would fans one one team want to stay at home and watch look-ins at other games? terrible fan base. move the team then

byChrisJoseph
byChrisJoseph

@evilmiamimonkey People are staying home because the team sucks. Here at least.

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