Dolphins Still Buying Their Own Tickets to Avoid Blackouts Despite More Lenient Rules

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After years of controversy, the NFL finally decided to ease its blackout rules this season. The Dolphins now only have to sell out 85 percent of Sun Life Stadium to ensure their games are broadcast on TV. Well, despite the eased rule and the fact that this weekend's game is the home opener, the team announced that they still had to buy their own tickets in order to avoid a blackout.

Under the old rules, a team had to sell out 100 percent of non-premium seats 72 hours before kick off, or else the game would not be shown anywhere on television within 75 miles. The Dolphins haven't had a blackout since 1998, but that's not because they're always selling out. The team has had to partner with the station broadcasting the game (usually CBS affiliate WFOR) and other sponsors to buy out the tix.

This season the NFL finally eased the policy. Teams could elect to lower that threshold to as low as 85 percent (though, if they regularly exceeded that number they'll be forced to share that ticket revenue).

The Dolphins couldn't even quite sell that 85 percent for their home opener this Sunday against the Raiders.

"As we've said many times, keeping the games on local television has been a priority of Steve Ross' since he purchased the franchise," Dolphins Chief Executive Officer Mike Dee said in a statement. "Any remaining unsold seats will be offered to Dolphins premium seat holders and season ticket members on a first come first served basis."

The Dolphins averaged only 81 percent actual paid attendance last year, so the fact they still have to buy their own tickets isn't surprising, but it is kind of sad considering its the home opener.

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24 comments
Randominguez
Randominguez

@absurdNES in that the only reason why id buy a dolphins ticket that sucks.

Myrantz
Myrantz

I got my tickets lower level for under $100,

brifred
brifred

@dandhicks Saw that. Give Dolphins credit for keeping games on the air...

Jose Salazar
Jose Salazar

YEA BOYCOTT THE DOLPHINS ENUFF IS ENUFF..

Vladimir Garcia
Vladimir Garcia

Home opener and still gotta buy out. That's says a lot from all perspectives.

Petey Pablo
Petey Pablo

With all the money we spend trying to keep this shitty team we can prevent further homelessness and poverty in the greater miami area but noooo we MUST have our shitty football to make us feel safe and normal

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Football - the taxpayer funded opiate of the American masses. Public cost and risk, private profits for millionaires. Who the hell would watch such a debacle?

Bill Brock
Bill Brock

Football - the taxpayer funded opiate of the American masses. Public cost and risk, private profits for millionaires. Who the hell would watch such a debacle?

Petey Pablo
Petey Pablo

The Miami Dolphins have been a disgrace since I was born.I'm surprised theyre even still a team.they suck.

Petey Pablo
Petey Pablo

The Miami Dolphins have been a disgrace since I was born.I'm surprised theyre even still a team.they suck.

Mauricio Olivares Cue
Mauricio Olivares Cue

I would buy tickets but they're so freaking expensive! Lower ticket prices. I'm not spending $50, $60, $70 a ticket plus food, drink, parking etc to watch a losing team

Pablo Torres
Pablo Torres

How sad!! This was once a proud franchise and it has been run to the ground!!

Christopher Martinez
Christopher Martinez

The worst thing is having those empty orange seats. The Dolphins should lower the ticket prices.

Michael Fiorellino
Michael Fiorellino

Why should people bring their hard earned money to watch a bad team? There are many options vying for our entertainment these days. Start winning, then the problem will fix itself

Sergio Carmona
Sergio Carmona

Well, the owner and GM are the ones kind enough buying tickets for we can watch the games on Sunday from the comfort of our own homes, but they wouldn't have to be buying tickets in the first place had they been competent enough to field a competitive team where fans would like to spend the price of admission to attend these games. I'll root for Ireland to get fired, and that Ross can fire himself in the process as well.

Josh Everage
Josh Everage

Our owner and GM being killed in a freak lightning storm?

lebronsito6
lebronsito6

ill have some tickets if no one wants them

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