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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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Sparano knows he's gone after this year anyhow so he doesn't care what he says...by gone I mean this...if he isn't fired by Ross he will step down for sure. He won't be coaching Miami in 2012

Killa,

Do you think he's going to do everything he can do to get as many wins as possible?

Odin....What UP! Beret wearing French Rainbow Room Queen?? That is funny.

You are right. Sparano cannot just tee-off on the players in the media. I'm not sure what the answer is to solidify the line. And, we will not know exactly how good or bad the unit is until the real whistle blows. Yes it is easy to have a bad feeling about the right side. Columbo was garbage, absolute Garbage on saturday. I don't know if there is some magic lineman dust that Sparano can sprinkle on him to improve his play.

There seems to be no immediate cure for this sie of the line. I read your earlier post about and liked your idea of moving Murtha to the right side. and who knows, that may be the right call. As it goes, these are our guys.

I was absolutley dead wrong about J. Jerry. I thought that he was going to be the best player froma last years class of draftees..I guess I missed the boat on that one.

Oh by the way. I'm getting put to the sword Friday night. 3 tunes with the Beeflips. "Saved" by Laverne Baker, "Second that Emotion" and "Soul Sister Brown Sugar" Sam and Dave..Should be fun.. I hope I can stay in the right key....

I took a day off to recover from my Fishing Weekend/Trip.

I spent almost the entire day blogging. I gotta get a life.

Anyways, now I have twice as much to do tommorrow(sigh).

Smart Money says: O'Hara, soon.

ValHalla!!!!

Darryl,

If we can't bring somebody in, I'm thinking Berger at RG and Carey/Murtha battle it out for tackle.

I would hold out Long and Cognito, with Pouncey seeing a little first half action. Let the rest of them battle it out for RG and T. Even if somebody goes down, how much will we really be out?

I'm not saying O'Hara would be my choice, but I do think that's the route Ireland and SpOrano will go.

As for swinging the "AXE", keep banging away Bro!

Odin... I'm not sold on that as of yet, I'm also not sold on the fact that Tony wants to keep this job...everything that I feel says he's gone one way or another. I would think he would want to win as a resume booster so he can find work with another team in 2012...

Either way we have to rid ourselves of Colombo...off with his head..move on

too expensive

Why can't the government bailout the NFL so games don't get blacked out? They bailout everyone else in the world. Why not bailout football fans who can't afford a $300 ticket.

Well I got the Sunday NFL ticket so I watch them every week, but I think it is pretty simple put a winning team on the field and the games will sellout. I really don't know what to think of this years team, it looks like Henne is playing better but it is only preseason, but the real concern seems to be the O line and no depth at running back, I really don't see how they improved the team from last year, the Linebacker Burnett looks pretty good, but that is about it really, I don't think bush can be an every down back and if he gets hurt then what same thing with Henne. The O line needs to get better for us even to stand a chance and that falls on Tony and Jeff

I'd rather waste my money on the sunday ticket

I am so glad that Ross will feel it more in his pocketbook. With all his marketing ploys he forgot about the most important aspect of running a pro sports franchise. Talent acquisition. Ireland, Ross and sparano have thumbed their noses at us and the fan base strikes back. Thank God!!

who gives a rats ass about a team with a terrible head coach...line coach my ass...

Good call Mitch! People sit at their homes all year waiting for Billionaires and Millionaires fight over an 8 billion dollar a year sport and cry over who gets what split. What about the fans that pay 400 a ticket! I hope they don't sell out and feel the financial burden the rest of America is feeling!

Man it is going to be an absolute blood bath opening night in Miami. Smith will get torched a couple of times. Will not be able to cover the NE TE's. Wake gets doubled all night and Brady gets rid of the ball quickly. Brady doesn't get touched once. NE scores a couple times on specials. Miami has about 40 yards rushing. Henne deer in the headlights. Stadium half empty by half time. More seats appear on stub hub for visiting fans.

More embarrassing national fins press:

Dolphins’ desperation to sell tickets leads to bizarre promotion
Posted by Mike Florio on August 30, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT


At a time when the Miami Dolphins seem to be in many respects in disarray, they’ve found another way to create the impression that dysfunction currently characterizes the franchise.

According to David Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins announced during their most recent preseason game that the team would be hosting a reunion of the 2009 Florida Gators when Miami hosts the Broncos on October 23.

Seriously.

"Several NFL teams, including Jacksonville, Oakland, San Diego and Tampa Bay are having similar problems selling tickets."

---Jacksonville, Oakland, San Diego, Tampa--ALL coastal cities with great weather and tons of outdoor recreation. The NFL games actually have competition for their fans free time in these places.

Whatcha gonna do on a dreary November afternoon in Green Bay or Chicago or St. Louis or New York? Going to an NFL game is the only thing around to even get you out of your house.

Some of you guys are ridiculous with you $300, $400 ticket arguments FACTS: The lower bowl is sold out. FACT: The $300, $400 tickets are in Club Level, which DOES NOT count against a sell out. That Level could be empty but if all the Orange seat tickets are sold, it's a sellout. 13,000 tickets for left for Houston. They will be the Upper Corners, the cheapest tickets out there. You want to argue, argue facts, not your 3-4 hundred dollar ticket fantasies.

Whatcha gonna do on a dreary November afternoon in Green Bay or Chicago or St. Louis or New York? Going to an NFL game is the only thing around to even get you out of your house.

Posted by: joeydee | August 30, 2011 at 08:14 AM


Pretty sad there are people with such limited interests and dull minds. There are so many things far more interesting and rewarding than football one can do in any of those places, even on dreary winter days. If I have to list them for you than you are only that much more hopeless. The average sports fan is almost brain dead other than they can maybe wipe their butt with no assistance.

My perfect storm? Living in Jax, the Jaguars will be blacked out, the Dolphins will take the AFC slot on the TV sched since ATL and Tampa are NFC.
Sorry, but the games being blacked on in Miami would remove that horrible, horrible feeling of missing the Phins games every Sunday from up here. Making me regret my move up here every Sunday for the last 3 years.

Oh and when I lived in MIA I split season tix, so I would make at least 6 a season...
So I did contribute to lifting the blackout while there.

Just wanted to give my observations on the Tampa game (I wasn't able to see it until yesterday). I'm posting in blue because some might want to save what I'm about to say for posterity (I can't really believe it myself).

The BEST offensive player in that game was.....CHAD HENNE. Look, before some of you who don't know me jump up and say I'm one of those who has blind devotion to Henne, ask ANYONE else who posts here regularly and they'll tell you that's a lie. I'm EXTREMELY critical of Henne.

But, I'm also a fair-and-balanced guy (I like to think). I call it like I see it, and Henne was totally in the zone in that game. Sure, he only scored 1 TD, but had Marshall not fumbled it probably would have been 2. I saw 1 pass Henne might have thrown to a wide open Hartline in the back of the endzone, but he was getting pressured and took a sack. Even being pressured all night, he looked in control, comfortable, threw pretty accurate passes, and ran the offense like I (dare I say it) true professional.

Reggie Bush also looked good (not sure what people were saying yesterday with the yardage, I mean you can't run threw an entire defense without line help). Marshall (minus the fumble) looked good as well.

Oline IS a problem. And not all of it. Pouncey and Incognito are fine. Yes, Pouncey's a rookie, but I counted maybe 2 plays he messed up on and caused trouble for Henne. Other than that, ALL the pressures came from the side of Colombo and Carey. Both those guys SUCK! Carey is WAY TOO FAT, he can hardly move out there. Colombo is a big swinging gate. He will get Henne killed if we don't replace him.

All in all, I'm not sure what Mando and others were watching. We tied basically. And I'd say our 1st-team offense beat their 1st-team defense. Marshall could not be defended. Henne was still making plays (to Bess, Fasano, Bush out of the backfield). The defense was stout as always. Yes, they dropped passes (what's new with Yeremiah Bell), they couldn't get off the field on some 3rd-downs (that's a future elite QB we played) and the ONLY reason our penalties didn't affect us more was they had MORE penalties). That's the biggest issue to me. New England will have exactly NO penalties. So if we shoot ourselves in the foot like that against them, it'll be over before it starts.

But I'm not pessimistic from that game. I saw areas in need of improvement (cough..oline..cough), but overall I was extremely pleased with the fact that Henne's playing well, the game plan is updated and gives the team a chance to win and the defense is looking very good.

That's a recipe for a pretty good season (not 12 wins good, but pretty good for this team if all goes right). Biggest concern, Henne gets knocked out of a game because our right side of the oline is a disaster. That happens and you can cancel Xmas.

I admire the enthusiasm of some, but we have no idea what the coaches on each side of the ball are trying to evaluate during preseason. We have no idea what coaches are holding back.

Preseason is never a barometer for the regular season. It's nice to get a look at the new players in action, but still not worthy of so much analysis.

A note on Henne, I agree he looked much better against Tampa. The thing to keep in mind, Henne has always been a chameleon, looks great at times, gives you hope, and then disappears for long stretches. So lets see if he can put together a few consecutive games in the real season of good play.

It sounds to me like the fans are speaking to the Dolphins, not the Dolphins speaking to the fans.

I live in Bengals country and was driving through town during their last preseason game. The parking lots were asking $30 dollars to PARK. Are you kidding me? to PARK!

Lower prices and you will fill the place up. People just can't let go of money like they could a few years ago.

dc, good overview. I watched the game last night again. One of my concerns was lack of pass rush. On a couple of plays misi was getting thrown into the ground. If we don't put brady on the ground it'll get ugly. you can't have him sit there picking apart our d. He has to be knocked down.

1-7 last year at home thats what did it nobody wants to get suckerd again with that crap and on top of that this cheap ass owner didnt spend any money to improve this team hahah Ross thinks that a name like reggie bush will sucker us to buying tickets

Dd

LET US ALL HAVE A CALL FOR BUYING OUR TEAM'S TICKETS ....................


WHO LOVES THE FINS SHOULD BUY AT LEAST 2 TICKETS..........................


BUY TICKETS ,PLEASE ..................

Dd

as long as I can watch it in Brooklyn on direct tv I coudnt care less. I have been to many games in Miami and the home crowd is just terrible. Sorry..but its true.

Yes, yes I am a total dick.

as long as I can watch it in Brooklyn on direct tv I coudnt care less. I have been to many games in Miami and the home crowd is just terrible. Sorry..but its true.

Posted by: d | August 30, 2011 at 09:28 AM

That is being polite. Total low class trash crowd, not everyone there, just most. No way I'd pay again to go there.

HHMMM! let me think why they having problems with ticket sales,could it be the F@#$$ PRODUCT YOU PUT ON THE F#$%$% FIELD. I'm just thinking here.

Boring team, derelict crowd. Who would want to go even for free? I just stream the games not on TV.

I wouldn't pay a cent to support the rich owners and ghetto athletes getting rich off a bouncing ball...but I'll watch for free :)

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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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Lower the prices!


Posted by: Louie Lou | August 29, 2011 at 04:34 PM

Lower the price ? Miami's like 20th or
so out of 32 teams. You cheap locals should just pony up and go !!!

Posted by: Mitch | August 29, 2011 at 04:39 PM

How bout this LOWER THE FREAKING PRICE. If I have a business that offers a service everyone else is better than me and charges the same or less. So what do I have to do? Become better at what I do and charge les till I earn the right to charge more. The dolphins are 1-7 at home. They have a product that is subpar to everyone else so get better and until u actually win something lower the freaking price. I have no plans of going this year and I went to six last year. I'm not driving from Orlando getting a hotel room at 100 watching the game at about 100-200 parking 25 then driving back home gas 70-100. It is not a profitable business decision.

Posted by: oldenglish | August 29, 2011 at 04:42 PM

how about you lower the price for the upper deck seat. I could pay may cable/internet bill for a month for what it costs to buy 2 tickets.

And honoring the Gators on the hurricanes home fields makes me sick and i am not even a UM fan.


Posted by: LP | August 29, 2011 at 04:42 PM

pay a high premium to sit in 95 degree hot weather to watch a poor product. good luck. ill watch other teams on fox or cbs or sunday ticket.

Posted by: jose | August 29, 2011 at 04:42 PM


pay a high premium to sit in 95 degree hot weather to watch a poor product. good luck. ill watch other teams on fox or cbs or sunday ticket.

Posted by: jose | August 29, 2011 at 04:42 PM


Great idea, but don't stop there. Go on over to their blog and make yourself at home.

SEE YA!!!!

Posted by: odinseye | August 29, 2011 at 04:51 PM

cant help you, i live in dallas

Posted by: ray | August 29, 2011 at 04:53 PM

Um... the Dallas game is in DALLAS

Posted by: pafan | August 29, 2011 at 04:55 PM

oh well start winning and mayb some1 will want 2 come see u,u promised us a better team and so far that dont look true

Posted by: mike | August 29, 2011 at 04:59 PM

going 2 games is supose 2 b fun,watching u loose aint fun

Posted by: mike | August 29, 2011 at 05:01 PM

Classic Armando.

One really good article followed by two bad ones.

Whose in charge of the FO at the Herald and how long are they going to give him too develop.

Nut Up Armando!!!!

Posted by: odinseye | August 29, 2011 at 05:02 PM

Armando you are wrong! the last blackout was in the 2000-2001 Season against the Colts, the game againts the Ravens was in the following year and it wasnt blacked out.

Posted by: Jay Fiedler was the BEST | August 29, 2011 at 05:05 PM

So Lets Have a GATOR DAY !!!! idiots !!

Posted by: Nando | August 29, 2011 at 05:06 PM

2 B or not 2 B, that is the Q?

FWIW I'm SMH B cuz U type like BFF's text.

Put down the twinkies, turn off the game console and get some excercise.

Living in the 21st century, ain't it a gas!

Posted by: odinseye | August 29, 2011 at 05:06 PM

Sorry to hear that for my Florida friends (bobbyd12 and the rest of you).

But, the organization did it to themselves. I can't blame Floridians if they don't want to go to ANOTHER game where the Dolphins CAN'T score, DON'T win, DON'T even play a style of ball that's exciting and entertaining.

All that running crap finally took it's toll. All that defense first, strong defense with no dang offense FINALLY has people fed up.

Hopefully the Owner is paying attention, and will step into the GM's office (since Parcells is now gone), step into Sparano's office, and says, "get your dang oline fixed and LET HENNE AIR THE BALL OUT!" Win or lose the fans will come back, since THAT'S exciting football.

Thank god I have DirectTV.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | August 29, 2011 at 05:07 PM

I might not pony up the $250-$300 for the Sunday ticket and watch at a bar. Just because people in South Florida don't pay money for a lackluster product doesn't mean they are any less of a fan. They will still find a way to watch the game...I would.

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2011 at 05:09 PM

We are desperate for QUALITY (decent) offensive linemen.

Posted by: Flipper13 | August 29, 2011 at 05:12 PM

What is considered local?

Posted by: Fred | August 29, 2011 at 05:14 PM

I'm saving money to go from Mexico D.F. to Miami to see my beloved dolphins play, but it seems not to be in this year, sorry

Posted by: adrian solorza | August 29, 2011 at 05:17 PM

Armando, the Dallas game is in Dallas (Thanksgiving day game), and since Dallas is most definitely not in the same TV market as Miami, a sellout there or not won't affect a blackout in Miami.

Joe, a blackout means the game's not shown on live TV at all for the team's TV market. That includes at bars and on Sunday Ticket. The only thing they can do to "find a way" is either leave town or find illegal streams.

Posted by: Jesse | August 29, 2011 at 05:19 PM

"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.
"

Pretty impressive considering how horrible we were the last decade

Posted by: corners | August 29, 2011 at 05:20 PM

In addition to poor team and expensive seats, a lot of south Florida fans are over 50 and can't sit in the hot son. Have tickets 40 yrs and can't sit in sun anymore due to lupus. Many medicines also taken mean you can't tolerate heat. A domed stadium I bet would bring another 20 k to stadium. Its not like sitting in cold weather where u can bundle up. Heat cam actually kill and for me it puts me in a relapse for 4-8 weeks. Too many older fans I know are in the same
Boat. Heart medicine alone is a large percentage, cancer patients, lupus, ms and other diseases prohibit attendance no matter how much we love the fins.

Posted by: Finfan23 | August 29, 2011 at 05:23 PM

DC Dolfan, I'm a season ticket holder so I won't miss any of the games.

Posted by: bobbyd12 | August 29, 2011 at 05:24 PM

The Dallas preseason gamee days is in Miami. The regular season game on Thanksgiving is in Dallas.

I'm not going to either one. I guess I'm not alone.

Posted by: d man | August 29, 2011 at 05:25 PM

Makes me glad I don't live locally and watch the games on DirecTV...

I like watching the game much more at home though, well maybe that's because I've only been to Jets stadium :(

Still like the comfort of my own home though. Fans shouldn't be forced to go to games like that, I'm paying TOP dollar to watch these games at home, I shouldn't be subjected to having to come out to the stadium just to watch the team.

I guess if you're not paying anything and just getting the game on free on the local channel, it's a little different. But still, the blackout rules are stupid in general.

Posted by: Nick B | August 29, 2011 at 05:25 PM

I'm sure the product on the field is a big factor here and the fact the team went 1-7 at home last year and also the lockout. But it's also a sign of the times. My friends and I go to a LOT less live sporting events and instead prefer to watch on HD in the comfort of our homes. It's just a sign of the times. The econonmy is down everywhere and when you factor in the price of the tickets, parking, food and drink, it can really add up. The alternative is to stay home and stay right up to date with ALL the games and not have to fight traffic too and from games. I think professional sports has a big problem going forward.

Posted by: Craig M | August 29, 2011 at 05:25 PM

Armando, you are a long time South Florida boy. You know how things work down here. You get us.

Why can't you impart some of that knowledge on the morons who run the Dolphins?

Posted by: Finheavenblows! | August 29, 2011 at 05:26 PM

Maybe if they had gotten a new quarterback, like everyone expected, instead of trying to pull one over on us with the same old cruddy guy who failed the past two seasons, more people would believe they could actually score TDs instead of FGs. Then they'd buy tickets.

I would.

Posted by: FLPD | August 29, 2011 at 05:29 PM

Just beat the Pats on the Monday night opener and then sit back and watch the ticket sales take off.....winning is the best and only formula to sell tickets.

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | August 29, 2011 at 05:29 PM

Oh yea...here's my 2 cents on the O-Line debacle:

Hey Armando...did you even think to ask if Pouncey might actually want to move over to the RG position? If he's such a "natural" at RG then freakin move him over to RG.
Put Gurode at Center, where he went to 5 Pro Bowls and move Carey out to RT...cut that fat ass Jerry off the team along with Columbo and put Murtha on the bench.
There, that was so god damned easy even a CAVE MAN CAN DO IT!
Come on Tony...get your head out your ASS.


Posted by: NHFINSFAN | August 29, 2011 at 05:30 PM

MUSIC CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM !!!

M O R E
M U S I C !!


M O R E
M U S I C !!


Remember....according to Mike Dee,
The Miami Dolphins are a
Sports & ENTERTAINMENT Company!

So why
care...if you distract the Football players as long as you put on a
GRAND SHOW with C-List Celebrities !!!!

Is there any OTHER Football team (During the past 30 years) that has been 1-7 in THEIR STADIUM while winning most of their games every place else ?????


There HAS to be a reason for this.

......and that reason is
Our beloved OWNER choses
to compromise his own team's chances
to win by throwing DISTRACTIONS
in front of them during home games.

The ENVIRONMENT at SUN LIFE STADIUM is HOSTILE toward the MIAMI DOLPHINS.

They can't prepare,
They can't concentrate,
and
They can't win home games because
its IMPOSSIBLE to block out the THREE RING CIRCUS going on around them during the weeks of home games.

This grand experiment to lure 'American Idle' Worshipers to
Football games MUST END.
.
.

Posted by: Bernie Maddoff | August 29, 2011 at 05:31 PM

The GM is an arrogant p rick who doesn't talk to the media to explain himself.

The coach cannot speak in complete sentences and when he does, he lies about how good even his most terrible players are.

And the owner is never around.

Why should I buy a ticket again?

Posted by: Ricky | August 29, 2011 at 05:32 PM

And why do you suppose people are not buyig tickets? This organization is so pathetic! How many playmakers do we have? Now finally Henne is playing well but the O-line sucks. With so many talented players that became available. ESPN analyst predicts Miami to win only 6 games. I can see it happen. Maybe then after this season we can get rid of Ireland, Sporanus and Ross will sell.

Posted by: tiredfinfan | August 29, 2011 at 05:34 PM

Hey Bernie...I agree 100%
Went to the Jets/Dolphins season finale two years ago when we won the AFC East by beating Brett Favre...but I must confess, the stadium environment was no nonsense, true grit FOOTBALL. No fluff.
Just like the Steelers, Eagles & Browns.
Old school football cities that don't need "American Idol" fans.

Posted by: NHFINSFAN | August 29, 2011 at 05:36 PM

The Dolphins host Philadelphia and Washington this year. They go to Dallas and the NY Giants.

Posted by: Jimmy Delach | August 29, 2011 at 05:36 PM

Sorry< live in KC, Miami's local fans blow, everybody knows the most loyal fans are out of state. So its direct tv for me.

Posted by: shaggy | August 29, 2011 at 05:36 PM

Come to Naples and watch the game at your favorite bar...cheaper than buying a ticket
plus $9.oo for a beer!

Posted by: mando 2 | August 29, 2011 at 05:39 PM

It's sad. I realize the economy isn't good and the team record last year at home hurt. But, we have close to 7 Million people in the Tri-County Area and can't fill up an 80,000 seat stadium 8 times a year. Considering you have Stadiums with 20 year waiting lists, it's hard to believe. Winning will solve everything

Posted by: bobbyd12 | August 29, 2011 at 05:41 PM

I'm still amazed that the NFL has this stupid rule.

The only thing it does is hurt their fans and their bottom line in the long run. If people won't pay right now why would they be any more enthusiastic to pay to watch a team they only get to see for half the games (if every home game isn't sold out).

Posted by: Boardwalk | August 29, 2011 at 05:42 PM

If the prices were lower the owners would get a better deal buying all of the left-over tickets: there's a solution to everything!

Besides, doesn't the new deal with the players give owners a lot more money than before? And aren't NFL owners such A-holes?

Posted by: Carlitos Estevez | August 29, 2011 at 05:45 PM

DC Dolfan, I'm a season ticket holder so I won't miss any of the games.

Posted by: bobbyd12 | August 29, 2011 at 05:24 PM

I know how to use a web browser so I will continue to get any game I want free of charge.


Posted by: Not a season ticket holder but still cool. | August 29, 2011 at 05:45 PM

Beat the patriots and there will be more sell outs on the horizon.

Posted by: BoulderFinFan | August 29, 2011 at 05:47 PM

Not a season ticket holder, that's nice but why exactly should I care??

Posted by: bobbyd12 | August 29, 2011 at 05:48 PM

I usually don't start shooting TV's and stuff until the bye week.

I set a new record Saturday night. I smashed my computer tower during the live feed of a PRE SEASON GAME!.

I thought it was my computer, turns out it was first rows crappy streaming-Dooh.

I can't get my living room computer to download adobe, so I can't live stream on it. Anyways, I guess this latest news means I should replace the computer in the Bed Room.


Posted by: odinseye | August 29, 2011 at 05:49 PM

Dear 'Not a season ticket holder but still cool'

You might know "how to use a Web Browser" but unless you boot up from a locked CD, chances are that your machine is severely INFECTED!
.
.


Posted by: Elvis | August 29, 2011 at 05:50 PM

odinseye (@ 5:49 PM)

Destroying your AV equipment can be very expensive...

Might I suggest hiding your Direct TV behind
BULLET PROOF GLASS !!!!

Posted by: Elvis | August 29, 2011 at 05:55 PM

"If you build it, they will come" = Field of Dreams

"Win, and they will come" = DOLPHINS

Posted by: dbmfins | August 29, 2011 at 05:56 PM

Elvis

Thanks for your concern. I run stuff like that through a virtual machine to be safe. No chance of infection that way.

Posted by: Not a season ticket holder but still cool. | August 29, 2011 at 05:56 PM

bush was a big name acquisition

Posted by: guest | August 29, 2011 at 06:01 PM

I've lived streamed for the past three years. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 NFL games. I avs it into my big screen.

Even if my machine is severely infected, it's still working(up until Saturday night).

Even if I have to buy a new one every three or four years, it still beats the he ll out payin for the Sunday Ticket every season.

Posted by: odinseye | August 29, 2011 at 06:02 PM

So...we're all to believe the pre-season game against a team no one cares about (Carolina) is mysteriously sold out, and therefore shown on live TV? But the pre-season game against a team a lot of people care about (Dallas) is NOT sold out, and won't be shown on TV?

In other words, we're supposed to buy into the idea that more people paid to see the Fins play the Panthers--one of the leagues worst teams--than paid to see the Fins play the Cowboys--one of the league's most popular teams?

Hmmmm...what this really means is all of those fans thinking they'd get to watch the Boys/Fins game on live TV, too bad! You'll have to shell out the big $$$$ for tickets, food and parking if you want to see the Boys/Fins live. (After all, can't charge someone sitting at home watching on the game on their HDTV $8 for a beer!)

Thanks for serving us bulls**t and telling us it's filet mignon, Fins management. Way to keep that fan base happy!!!


Posted by: SoFla Ken | August 29, 2011 at 06:03 PM
------------------------------------------------
There really isn't anything else to say on the subject.....


So...we're all to believe the pre-season game against a team no one cares about (Carolina) is mysteriously sold out, and therefore shown on live TV? But the pre-season game against a team a lot of people care about (Dallas) is NOT sold out, and won't be shown on TV?

In other words, we're supposed to buy into the idea that more people paid to see the Fins play the Panthers--one of the leagues worst teams--than paid to see the Fins play the Cowboys--one of the league's most popular teams?

Hmmmm...what this really means is all of those fans thinking they'd get to watch the Boys/Fins game on live TV, too bad! You'll have to shell out the big $$$$ for tickets, food and parking if you want to see the Boys/Fins live. (After all, can't charge someone sitting at home watching on the game on their HDTV $8 for a beer!)

Thanks for serving us bulls**t and telling us it's filet mignon, Fins management. Way to keep that fan base happy!!!


Posted by: SoFla Ken | August 29, 2011 at 06:03 PM
_______________________________________________

Really only meant to post that.....my bad.....

Pouncey might be/not be Maurice but he's a rookie and will make mistakes. My impression: he's going to be fine at C.

Simon, agreed. It's like the poll today in the Cowboys' retread article. It asks what you think about Henne after 2 solid performances. And it gives 2 choices:
1 - He looks much better (I'm paraphrasing)
2 - I'll wait to see what he does in the season

I don't think those are mutually exclusive. Both can be (and are) true. He does look better than I've seen him in the past. But as you said, his issue is consistency, and so we need to see what he does through the season to assess how far he's progressed.

Boulder, I think Nolan's scheme will take care of a lot of that (not sure he let it all out in that game). Also, Brady is not Freeman. Freeman is a DL's bad dream, big like Henne but can move like Vick. Brady would have gone down with many of those pressures from Wake and JT. But I agree, sometimes Misi gets crushed by the olineman, I think though we should expect that. Misi isn't a huge playmaker, but he's a solid player (and we need that to round the team out).

KRIS, I LIKE READING THAT POST OF YOURS,NICE JOB .

I love to rip people off by streaming stolen content on my computer.

I am proud to be a lowlife thief

This is why people like me are scum

Regarding the right side of the O-line, it will certainly show TS's expertise if they play well during regular Season.

But I agree, cowkilla, Tony will be gone after this Season(either way). I would do the same thing.

Imposter at 9:45

I love to rip people off by streaming stolen content on my computer.

I am proud to be a lowlife thief

This is why people like me are scum

Posted by: KeyJoe | August 30, 2011 at 09:45 AM

Funny thing is, who is ripping who off? Do you realize what the margin is on a Coke at the stadium? Well over 5000%. Now that is proud to be a THIEF!

Do you realize you are funding illiterate ghetto kids and making them millionaires when they couldn't even do better than a stock clerk job at walmart otherwise?

Do you realize you are helping billionaires become richer, take your money and pay less taxes than the fans?

Yeah man, I'll stream it for free all day and tell the world how to do it at the same time.

You on the other hand prefer to reward the abusers.

I saw on the ESPN ticker (bottom of screen)....that Dallas released some guard who refused to restucture his contract....

I look forward to reading about Miami signing him later this afternoon....

I imagine his parting words were...."fu^k you guys...my bags are already packed for south beach"....

I am a typical lowlife thief

See how I try to justify my actions? By blaming others

Only other people should by tickets or DirecTV

Not me

A thief is a thief, and that is exactly what I am

A lowlife, thief

I am still flabbergasted by the mentality of this FO(Mike Dee on TV the other night)(Gator night). Ufff....

It is too late to insert another starter in the R side of that O-line, kris. We are going to open the Season with Carey and Colombo in there.

imposter at 10:00am

You are nothing but a pusssy impostering (thieving) others names.

Not my fault you are so stupid to spend your money on what you can have for free. I'm a greedy businessman just like the owners of NFL teams. Hehe.

Quotes from Sparano that pi** me off.

“Now your watch and my watch are two total different things, OK. In other words, your watch is one where I think you guys think that this can happen overnight, OK. My watch doesn’t say that, OK. This takes a long time to get a line prepared to play and defensive lines will be way further ahead than offensive lines, OK.”

If it reads like Sparano was a bit fired up, well … that’s because he was.

He continued:

“Our defensive line will be further ahead than other offensive lines, OK. Because it takes that much time, never mind moving parts, you know – bringing in a new center, put a new center in there. You know, a right tackle coming in and Vernon[Carey] going to guard, that – although not easy, OK – isn’t the grandest piece.

“It is really the center that moves in there and the young guys goes in there and he’s done a nice job right now. But you’re asking guys to play different positions, and we haven’t had the left tackle out there until the last couple days, which has been good to see.”

Sparano’s message was simple enough: Relax. These things take time. The line will be fine.

Doesn't happen over night? How about in 4 years Tony? Should a line be constructed within a four year time frame? Is that too much to ask, that an offensive line guy and one of "the greatest minds in football" (Parcells) who concentrates on building from the trenches out get the line right within three to four years?! The line should be a team strength right now, not a question mark. This guy just doesn't get it. He had better hope the line turns around quick or he may not last half a season.

I love this line "But you're asking guys to play different positions". REALLY? Shouldn't you say "I'm asking guys"? Because we've been asking for you to find a line and stick with it for three years! Sheeesh

Well, fu-k both you KeyJoe's. Talk Football!

The Dolphin Fans have spoken...er...well, their silence has spoken for them. Uh...okay, they've spoken the only language that billionaires and millionaires understand...MONEY!

You threatened the game that we love! You made promises that you didn't deliver. You catered to the high-dollar clientelle and ignored the poor working slob who threw down his hard earned dough to support HIS team! And, worst of all...YOU SUCKED AT HOME! (That, and the fact that the NFL ticket is free with Direct TV).
The "Entertainment Dollar" is at a premium in this economy. Start being more fan-friendly, and start WINNING, and then maybe the fans will come back.

Hmm...WINNING! Maybe Charlie Sheen should be our coach! Naw, what was I thinking?

Hey fans, don't waste your money making the rich richer. Why let them make 5000% profit on a coke?

Watch any game you want for free. Here are a couple of sites:

atdhenet.com
firstrowsports.eu


Enjoy.

Hehe,

Just copied and sent my posts to the

Director of NFL Security

Hehe

"Position flexibility" in the O-line will certainly get some of your opponents hurt but is not given to continuity.

Copy all and send them all...NFL security has no jurisdiction outside of the USA where all the sites are hosted ;)

Try again imposter thief pusssy coward. :) Keep trying...

Give your money to charity, not billionaires. Just some good advice...

Man, I have nothing against Billionaires or Gazillionaires, as long as they don't bother me.

Someone has given me motivation now to pass by here every game day and post the links!

Bloggers, you won't have to miss a single game this year!

When the team had that miracle season and won the division the year after 1-15 you people weren't buying tickets, either.

You're just terrible fans. It's not exactly a big secret around the rest of the country.

Oscar,

Yes, I have nothing against billionaires, but they got there doing things far more unscrupulous than streaming sports games. I don't personally see any need to support them marking up a soft drink 5000%. One has to be shrewd in business, like them and me.

As I see the Game unfolding, on my TV, I start drinking more and more eventually fall asleep.

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