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Preseason finale blacked out, more blackouts on way?

The Dolphins preseason finale against Dallas at Sun Life Stadium will not be televised live because the game will not be sold out in time to lift the local TV blackout. The game will be televised on a taped delay basis.

The Dolphins will make the announcement later this afternoon so that fans wishing to watch the game live have time to get their tickets and make plans to attend. The game will be broadcast by WFOR (Channel 4 in South Florida) starting at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday on tape and then be rebroadcast on Friday on Channel 33 at 8 p.m. Friday.

That's not good news, but the more sobering news may be on the horizon.

The Dolphins also plan to make it clear to their fans that tickets sales for regular-season games are not going as well as the team would like and that could mean blackouts of several meaningful regular-season games are about to happen.

Several home games on the regular-season schedule -- starting with the Week 2 game against Houston -- are so far from being sold out that the club is warning fans the only way to see them might be to buy tickets.

Games against Buffalo, Denver, and perhaps even Dallas and Washington may not be sold out in time to lift the local TV blackout unless local fans purchase tickets at a rate not yet seen in 2011.

That means Miami's regular season streak of 102 consecutive blackout-lifting home sellouts, dating back to October 1998, is in jeopardy barring a run on tickets. The Dolphins' streak is currently at 101 consecutive home sellout but the club expects to sell out the Sept. 12 regular-season opener against New England, which would mark the 101st game of the streak.

The Dolphins overall streak of consecutive sellouts, counting playoffs, dates back to January 2002 when a playoff game against Baltimore failed to sell out in time to lift the blackout.

So what does this mean?

Some thoughts:

  • Several NFL teams, including Jacksonville, Oakland, San Diego and Tampa Bay are having similar problems selling tickets. That speaks to these being tough economic times and folks being careful with their disposable income.
  • The Dolphins are in a tough situation because the people of South Florida have options if they want to go to a sporting event. The Hurricanes, Panthers, and Heat all play here. Oh yeah, the Marlins are here also, although most locals avoid attending their games.
  • This being South Florida, there are other activities for people to enjoy in the winter.
  • The Dolphins are hurt by the fact they were 1-7 at home last season. Those losses stung. Folks didn't enjoy going home from games unhappy and are obviously guarding themselves from a similar experience this year.
  • Some fans are waiting to see how the club does against the Patriots in the season opener before making a ticket buying commitment. Win the opener and the club will give people a reason for coming back. Lose, and it could be hard to convince folks to purchase seats for the following week's game against Houston -- a team the Dolphins have never beaten.
  • The Dolphins don't have a recent history for playing entertaining football. Folks down here want victories and even if those don't come in droves, they definitely want points. The Dolphins have been point-challenged the last couple of seasons.
  • The NFL lockout obviously hurt the club's marketing.
  • The lack of big-name offseason additions hurt the club's marketing.

This news will be jarring to some South Floridians. Folks have gotten spoiled with the idea of having the Dolphins on TV every Sunday during the season. Even during the 1-15 year, all the games were sold out in time to televise them.

But those days are gone. The club is going to make that clear. No owner can absorb the cost of buying his own tickets, particularly when the number of unsold tickets hover around 13,000 as it currently does for the Houston game.

Local television stations also don't have that kind of money. Last year, for example, the total number of tickets purchased to secure sellouts was no more than 2,000 for the entire season.

So the message that is about to come from the Dolphins should be clear to local Dolphins fans: Ticket sales are lagging. And unless they improve dramatically, the Dolphins will not be on local TV every Sunday.

If fans want to make sure they see their team play, they will have to buy tickets.

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You darned right we have our priorities set in the right place, dm1dolphan. For our demographic group, it has never been a matter of $. We have it. We just won't spend it on a sub-par product. We HAVE to be motivated to spend It.

what kind of penalty is "half the distance to the goal" when the team is inside their own one. if there is a penalty inside the one on the offense it should be a safety. what kind of penalty is it if you are inside the one and they move the ball back a foot? who cares? how does that penalize the offense? i've seen too many times where the offense turned that into a first down. jmho

How about cheap parking? Like no more then $10. I can handle ponying up the money for tickets, but $20-$40 to park in a damn dirt lot then have to walk close to a mile to get to the gate? Cmon man. Also, give season ticket holders half off at the concession stands. Even at $5 instead of $10 for chicken fingers and fries, you guys are making a killing. You have to give something to get some Ross, this ain't real estate, these are people.

**IMPOSTOR ALERT**

JUSTIN, hahahahaha! Pretty funny but don't discount what I said. The same thing happened to my New York Islanders and now there's talk about them leaving the state. Owners can't afford to keep teams where they're not wanted and the reality of relocation can creep up damn fast. Especially with the economy being so bad and the NFL wanting a team in LA. All it takes is one phone call so I would suggest to everyone that sees this that you START BUYING FREAKING TICKETS!

Posted by: LouD | August 29, 2011 at 07:57 PM

LouD = Stephen Ross

Be afraid people, be VERY AFRAID!!!!

So, who gives a S-it? He takes the Team out of Miami we'll start anew(we have precedents).

I can't seem to find the Jets game on my TV. What channel is it, dm1?

Oscar, NFL Channel

odinseye lmao 09:16pm my dad has been a season ticket holder for 9 years and he was so disgusted he was going to give up his seats on the 49 yard line home side

I like what the Marlins are doing with their new stadium. Tickets include parking and the tickets in their new club level are also good for $25.00 worth of food.

Oh, I don't have that, redsky.

Any radio to listen to NFL channel?


what kind of penalty is it if you are inside the one and they move the ball back a foot? who cares? how does that penalize the offense? i've seen too many times where the offense turned that into a first down. jmho

Posted by: dm1dolphan | August 29, 2011 at 09:12 PM


Finally, somebody thinks like I do(this should make you nervous Dm-lol). I have ALWAYS hated that rule(unless of course it helps us-lol).

The rule modification should be that if the offense commit a penalty inside the 5 it should AT LEAST be an automatic loss of down, if not a safety.

By the way great game Sat . O-Line looked like crap but Henne looked very good . I had to rewind when he was looking left and threw right . I thought I was seeing things lol

Well if LouD is really Stephen Ross, my suggestion to you sir would be get your lips off Irelands nut sack, close down the Club in the 2nd level, bring back the original Dolphins fight song, pave the pay lots, put up some kind of covering for the tail gaters, get rid of that chick screaming at the top of her lungs during the game on the P.A., and play music that pumps the fans up, like rock and hip hop, not this pop American idol, fergie B.S. And these are just the bare minimals, most fans could write a book for you of things that need fixing.

Even in this Day and Age, Radio is still pertinent.

Jon wow awesome suggestions , that would nice to see. As for the team moving , ehh what can I say I'm a Phins fan whether it be NY Phins, LA Phins or Alabama Phins lol. GO DOLPHINS WOO HOO

Dd

Bucs have cut ticket prices.....Miami should be competitive and parking as well.....a beer up on the club level costs $9.00! Drop those prices you'll get more people in.

Looking forwards to going to the new Stadium at least once/week, and eating a hotdog. We like baseball here, also.


By the way great game Sat . O-Line looked like crap but Henne looked very good . I had to rewind when he was looking left and threw right . I thought I was seeing things lol

Posted by: LoboNoches | August 29, 2011 at 09:30 PM


Not only that Lobo, I saw him look right and then throw left!

Henne's ambidextrious! Who knew?

Oscar,

Do you have any idea if I can get the Radio broadcast online or live streamed?

I watch Michigan games up here on TV, I turn down the sound and turn up the radio braodcast. Much better experience. The play by play guys on radio are way better than the dolts on TV.

You can hear the passion and excitement in ther voices and it gives me that "Steeped in Tradition" footall feeling.


If you've never watched a game while listening to the radio broadcast you're missing out on an EXPERIENCE!

lmao I just hope the O-Line can protect him otherwise Henne 3.0 will be short lived

Nah, that's not Mr. Ross. I know his writing. He's much more pre-possessing than that.

does this a hole know that the dallas game is in dallas? just saying

Oscar, no radio listed in the paper, NBC, channel 4 in NYC has it.....don't know if you can stream it..

Which a hole? Some People have two, one in the Body and one in the Soul.

oscar canosa my ex has 3 you forgot the mind lol

does this a hole know that the dallas game is in dallas? just saying

Posted by: karl klein | August 29, 2011 at 09:50 PM


I'm the hole, the game is in Miami.

karl klein the Pre -Season game is here the regular season game is in Dallas . We play them twice

Yep, Lobo, but that's on special occassions.

Lobo, any QB getting hit 3,4,5 times again is bound to get hurt! With this Oline we'll run out of QBs by late October. After other teams watch our game with the Bucs, they'll know. Heck they already know!

lol speaking of a holes you get your girl in the Dolphin position yet ;)

redsky the only thing I can pray for is Henne practices sprinting on his days off to avoid those hits lol

Lobo,

All joking aside, Henne is an endangered species.

Before the pre season, all the critics were lined up foaming at the mouth. People were crying for Orton and Moore. SpOrano double wrapped the leash around his wrist so he could give it a quick and hard yank!

Henne needed to get off to a fast start and silence the angry mob.

What happens? On the VERY FIRST pass attempt of the new season Fasano gift wraps it for Abraham. I didn't think Henne was going to make it to the sideline.

This week, on the very first pass attempt it was one of the ugliest sacks I've ever witnessed. Three guys, Murtha's, Carey's and Colombo's all got a piece of Henne.

I wonder how the staticians recorded that one. I heard of guys sharing a half sack, but never thirds!

Karl Klein, it's here in Miami, our last game was at TB, so this one is at home.....

Somehow, I'm always behind the latest technology, odin, so I don't know how to answer your question. Regarding Radio, it is as exciting if not more than TV to listen to a Football game broadcast(remember Jim?).

odinseye lmao its sad but true man that O-Line needs to tighten up . With Long back that should help running game we can at least ram it down there throats from the left but the right side is screwed. Maybe move Vernon back to RT and stick Columbo at RG


Lobo, any QB getting hit 3,4,5 times again is bound to get hurt! With this Oline we'll run out of QBs by late October. After other teams watch our game with the Bucs, they'll know. Heck they already know!

Posted by: redsky | August 29, 2011 at 09:58 PM


Don't worry redsky, that's why we drafted Daniel Thomas. He played QB in High School **AND** stayed at a Holiday Inn Express!


(remember Jim?).

Posted by: oscar canosa | August 29, 2011 at 10:03 PM


I'm ALMOST offended by the question, but I know what you meant :)

AwwwwwwwwwwRiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight MIAMI!!!!

Way back in the day, I always got the feeling Jim Mandich was going to slap the snot out of Griese.

Not because of anything related to football, just because Griese was Griese and Mandich was Mad Dog Mandich.

I'm sure you have no idea what I'm talking about, bu if you were there or if you could read minds you would!


I'm going to buy me a small Aquarium expressly to see how Sea-creatures(like greg) fu-k.

It's pretty simple, folks. If you live in South Florida and you're not going to buy a ticket then you will NOT be watching the Dolphins some Sundays this year. Not unless you want to make a drive longer than the length of the game itself.

Posted by: greg | August 29, 2011 at 10:10 PM

You are a dumb fool. All games are available online now and for free, even in hi definition. Are you stuck in 1971?

Lobo,

I've thought of a few different scenarios. None of them real encouraging.

I'll bet Ireland won't be asking any guards or tackles if their "Momma was a Ho" in the next couple of weeks.

I WAS there, odin. Griese: such and such play. Somebody objects. Griese: this is my Huddle and if you don't like the play I will call timeout and get you out of the Game. No more complaints.

odinseye lmfao I bet Ireland wont . As for Griese the guy is an arrogant prick in real life , I'm sure Jim would have loved to slap him

I was watching game on tv with my 2 year old he starts clapping saying lets go Dolphins then says daddy look hikey . 1-7-2 hikey and tackles me. GOD BLESS FOOTBALL AND GOD BLESS THE DOLPHINS :)

Teko, what's that website? I forgot to write it down....


I'm going to buy me a small Aquarium expressly to see how Sea-creatures(like greg) fu-k.

Posted by: oscar canosa | August 29, 2011 at 10:15 PM


whoa, WHoa, WHOA!!!! Oscar! Where did THAT come from?

Nothing against you Greg, but coming from Oscar, that's the funniest thing I've read all day-ROTFLMAO!!!!

redsky : FirstRow Free Live Sports Streams on your PC, Live Football Stream ...
www.firstrowsports.eu is a good site

I know exactly what you guys mean. I used to serve Griese when I worked at Burger King on NW 20th st., near the old Miami Stadium. Definitely, a very strange One. But it has nothing to do with Football, does it?

When a organization tells the media and its fans that they could care less on what it thinks, then fannies are not going to be in the seats. The majority of the fans and the media wanted the coach who lost seven home games last year to be released. They also after two years felt like many experts that Henne was not the answer. Now as the season is about to start, we basically have the same 7 and 9 team with maybe a weaker running game, ready to start the season.

LOL at Odin...

Thanks Lobo, that's the one I remember reading about!!!!!

Oscar and Lobo,

In regards to Griese: EXACTLY.

I'll bet you more times than not, Shula was almost expecting someone to step up and do it.

I could also picture a Younger Shula trying to hide a grin from Griese after the fact.

Those were the days..................

How's that, Teko?

odinseye my dad took me to Alumni Dinner for Dolphins couple years back and Griese and Anderson were there got both there autographs and Griese was a donkey. Dick Anderson on the other hand was awesome

redsky no problem we use it here at work when we cant watch games lol

I've been a season ticket holder for the past 14 years, but I can't blame fans. Look, I wish that the Dolphins had a following like the Steelers or the Patriots or the Cowboys but we all know that ain't gonna happen. Miami fans are fickle. They're bandwagon fans. Team does good, tons of fans. Team does bad,....crickets. I hate that, but it's reality.

However, it's tough to fault them this time. This FO and management had been TERRIBLE! The way we embarrassed ourselves with the Harbaugh debacle. Chad Henne has looked good but we were still promised QB competition. The Miami Cowboys jokes. It's all just been pretty tough to support and justify. I'll be there because I love the Dolphins. But I just don't think the Dolphins have enough true fans to sit through the amount of garbage that has been fed to us.

**POST OF THE WEEK**

I was watching game on tv with my 2 year old he starts clapping saying lets go Dolphins then says daddy look hikey . 1-7-2 hikey and tackles me. GOD BLESS FOOTBALL AND GOD BLESS THE DOLPHINS :)

Posted by: LoboNoches | August 29, 2011 at 10:23 PM

That's a beautiful thing Lobo, Thanks for sharing that one. God Bless you and your Family-ValHalla!

odinseye thanks for the Norse blessings my friend . I've had joint custody since he was 4 months old. He is a blessing beyond my imagination. Good thing he loves football too , with what I make at work Ill be counting on him for retirement :) He can run and throw (lefty too)at 2 1/2 figure 17 years from now we will still need a QB possibly and a RT so he should have a good shot

Shula after a play in practice: Run it out, Griese. Griese nods but doesn't do it. Shula: run it out. Nothing. Hey, Mr. Quarterback, run it out, I mean, Now!

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