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Dolphins face tough sales dilemma, fans face tough choice

The Dolphins will not sell out this Sunday's game in which the St. Louis Rams will visit Sun Life Stadium. That is a virtual fact already given the thousands of tickets that remain unsold as of this writing and the thousands more tickets (often going below market value for seats in better locations) that are available through the secondary market.

That's the problem the Dolphins face this week and have been facing for some time as they continue to weigh whether to -- gulp --  buy their own tickets and lift the TV blackout in the local market.

We know that so far the Dolphins have bought up remaining tickets to ensure the lifting of the TV blackout. I have a guess as to what the Dolphins will do today at the deadline but because it is only a guess and major dollars are at stake for other folks based on what I might write I don't want to share it here.

We'll know soon enough if the Dolphins dig into their own pockets and pay the bill that fans normally pay to make sure the game is televised. Or if the deadline comes and the team allows the blackout to stand.

But what I do want to do today is explain to you the dilemma the team faces in making the decision whether to continue buying its own product (tickets) in hopes that eventually fans will return to the fold and do the buying instead.

Here's the dilemma:

If the Dolphins were playing hardball and not caring whether you fans see the game on television or not, they would simply let Thursday's deadline come and pass and announce the sufficient number of tickets were not sold.

Remember, this is a low threshold. The Dolphins this year are needing to sell 15 percent fewer tickets for a sellout to be granted and yet fans aren't even doing that for this game.

The team could say, "If you want to see the game, South Florida, you have to purchase a ticket and come out to the stadium."

The club is perfectly within its right to do this.

The problem is the Dolphins are on something of a roll of late. They have a chance to even their record at 3-3 on Sunday.  The team has been competitive so far this season. By all accounts the decade-long struggle to find a good young quarterback finally seems on the road to being solved.

So the team wants to continue riding that wave of goo feelings. The club wants please its fans and its fans have universally requested that all the games be on local TV. And the last three weeks, in two overtime losses and a victory over Cincinnati, the TV ratings have reflected a significant uptick in fan interest.

On the other hand, the Dolphins are also a private business. And it is a bad business model to buy your own product and then give it away free on television. (Sounds remotely similar to what newspapers do, but that's another story.)

At some point, the team must and will put its proverbial cleat down and say, "No more free rides. If games aren't sold out, they're not televised."

But is that time now?

Is that time in the middle of this so-called roll I just described above? Are the Dolphins in a position of sufficient strength to tell their fans that they must be at the stadium to see the game or otherwise they won't see the game?

The Tampa Bay Bucs made that call a couple of years ago. You know what the Tampa Bay fans did?

They didn't buy tickets to the games to see the team play. And they stopped watching on television also.

So what the Dolphins have going on is a high wire act.

And this is where you come in ...

The Miami Dolphins read this blog. That is not bragging. It is simply true. Folks at all levels of the organization read this blog from the very top on down. And they read your comments.

So here is the question of this day as the blackout deadline looms and the team makes the delicate decision whether to buy its own tickets and televise the game, or allow the facts of the current market to be the facts of the current market and black out the game:

As fans would you blame the Dolphins if they stop buying their own tickets and the game is blacked out?

Or do you put the responsibility of buying tickets on the actual ticket-buying public and blame fan apathy or a tough economy for the blackout?

And if the Dolphins make the hard decision of blacking out the game, would that decrease your overall excitement about this team? Would you blame the team for a bad public relations move? Or would you understand that business is business and this too shall pass?

This is your chance to tell the team what you, the fans, think ...

Show wisdom in your answers because they matter.

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" Free Market" dictates you lower you $costs, then reduce the price for your product.. cheap seats for nose-bleed..
Unless your the Patriots, those drunks will pay anything to see Brady play...
Please put the seats closer to the field that were lost for baseball but leave room for the "sideline club " which are FAN-TASTIC...

As a 28 year Dolfan who lives in the UK I would dearly LOVE to be able to attend regular home games and am quite jealous of those who can. I've seen them play at Wembley so that was very cool! I do understand however about the current economy and tickets are not always cheap but I think making the team buy their own tickets to lift the blackout (even though I would benefit!) may be counterproductive if they don't make a profit from the TV rights.

It is a business after all. Unfortunately.

go man u...

I think at this point, the Dolphins need to let their football team start to motivate fans to buy tickets. The organization has been more than generous in years past in making sure that local fans are able to watch the game locally. But right now, the football team has a chance to go into the bye week with a .500 record.

I say they wait this week. If they dolphins win this week, they enter the bye week at .500 and have a rematch with the Jets in 2 weeks.

I think the Dolphins should pay for the tickets, at least this season no matter what. You know the saying, spend money to make money. Mr. Ross has only been owner for a little while, not like he's been buying tickets for years. Things are starting to look up, pay for the tickets to get things going. If this road continues, the fans will come.

IF the Miami Dolphins are reading this BLOG....

Are you embarrassed by its content?

11:19 was a question for you Armando...

I don't come around as much Craig, work has been far more demanding, but I read all the blogs. I in no way would say YG, Dashi nor you are "wrong" I just have a different point of view. I enjoy the conversation with everyone until the insults and jabs are thrown, then this blog gets useless. :)

I have to be honest, I don't love the stadium. I didn't find it to be the greatest game experience I've ever had watching an NGL game and I've watched games in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago. Just doesn't seem to be the excitement level there should be at an NFL game and I can't figure out why. Is it the apathy? The fact it 'feels' like an older stadium? I just didn't get the same excitment I've had other places and I don't know why. Fans should be on the edge of their seats and they weren't. So for me, the whole 'fan experience' should be improved. Might that come with a better team? Maybe. Just seems something is missing.

I think the Dolphins should buy the remaining tickets so that the blackout will be lifted. The Dolphins are currently on a roll and don't need any negative mojo right now. The economy is rough and management has made a number of boneheaded moves - this is their opportunity to right the ship. See you at the San Francisco game. "Fins Up"

Dear Miami Dolphins:

I grew up in South Florida and have been a lifetime Dolphins fan even though I have lived elsewhere in the US and other parts of the world. I was in the military right out of college to combat the war on terrorism, even then, I made every attempt to attend a Dolphins game once a year even if I was in the Middle East. Now I am a successful businessman living in another US city, but I go to as many games as my schedule would allow, and watch all the rest on Sunday Ticket.

How did I become a dedicated fan?

Growing up in S. FL, when my young mind was moldable, there were plenty of Dolphins influences. Free tickets to the game when you made the honor roll at school, free Dolphins mugs when parents filled up gas, free Dolphins merchandise when parents bought a lot of food at Publix, players and alum that talked to you at school, watching it on TV (Dan Marino in his only Super Bowl was my earliest memory of adopting Dolphins to be my team). And the Dolphins kept on winning and was a perennial playoff team. Ticket prices were always reasonable (BTW, fellow fans in S. FL - ticket prices to Home games are very reasonable compared to many other Away games I've attended).

My suggestion is, with a team that is improving, please consider keeping as many games on TV as possible. It's an investment into the next generation of Dolphins fans. I talk to everybody wearing Aqua and Orange at Away games, and nearly everyone has the same story as me. We grew up watching the games on TV, laugh about the free Dolphins mugs from Mobil, fond childhood memories of attending our first Dolphins game, and have become lifelong fans.

If I didn't live half way across the country I'd be there every home game.. I think it's sad that the local fans don't take the opportunity to get there and support their team.. I live about 25 minutes from Green Bay, so I gotta say this whole TV blackout thing is new to me.. There's no chance ever that a Packer game won't be on tv here.. That stadium is sold out every week..

You gotta admit, that was impressive of Mark being a Season ticket holder all the way from Canada.

Other things to do really isn't a good reason to me. If you love football (which the state of Florida does) then what's more important than your football team? The crap on the field DEFINITELY is a good reason (I don't agree with Mark there). A few years I can understand. Decades, no, sorry, why would me as a fan care more about the product then the organization does (as they've shown in the past by not making good decisions or fixing the bad decisions they made year after year)?

Good news, it's FINALLY being fixed. In a couple of years, winning Seasons, I think you'll see the fans come back.

CraiM,

That because after nearly 15yrs of watching a consistently mediocre product on the field. The team has trained its fans to always have the anxiety of "expecting the other shoe to fall".

Fans who do regularly attend home games have a "if it aint one thing its another" mentality. Theyre almost afraid to cheer when something good does happen. The good is almost a premonition something twice as bad is sure to come.

As a fan I would be disturbed to see the game blacked out... I understand if it was a couple years ago... But it's not. So much potential. This team could easily be 5-1 and being talked about as a dominant team with a hell of a qb. I understand if the game is blacked out but it wouldn't make sense. The track record of this football club isn't the greatest of late, but if they continue to show growth on and off the field, I believe the tickets will come. They gotta show us, buy the tickets.

I am sick and tired of the fans in Miami, not the team.
BLACK OUT THE GAME AND EVERY GAME NOT SOLD OUT.

I know people from all over South Florida that are big Dolphin fans and have plenty money to spend.
The only reason they don't go to games is because they know it will be on TV.
A couple doses of "no game on TV" just might make the difference.
There are several options down there to take charters to the game so the fans can still drink and not have to drive. There is no excuse. Black out the game.
Its a shame at the stadium on Sundays anyway. Looks more like a funeral than a ball game.

DC,

You only have Mark's "word of mouth" he traveled from Canada to So FL to attend games. Why," because you heard it on the internet"?

You saw the tv commercial about, " Its true because I heard it on the internet". Right? LOL

..Until this team proves its worth. The only sellouts are going to be the high profile teams with big traveling fan bases. Since this is politcal season you can say that the Conservative way would be to make the the fan pay to see the game..Trickle down accesibility..The Liberal way would be for the team to buy all the tickets so everyone gets a freebie, and the team takes the hit.

Ross is about as conservative as a Sparano 4th quarter gameplan..what do you think happens?

DD,

Politics has zero to do with this. Local fans have internet and can go to local bars and still watch too. Blackouts only make it a little less convenient for some local fans to watch than others.

Blackoutouts ndoesnt mean the local fans not attending the games wont have a chance to watch at all. Maybe 30-40yrs agao, but, not in this day and age.

YG, careful where you tread and talk about things you don't understand. i already shamed you once on the whole long arms = low bench press thing.

Don't make me do it again. I have no reason to tell lies. I dumped well over $12,000 in tickets for this team ten years ago. Like many out of market fans, i had a dream of being a season ticket holder and I had the chance so i went for it. No regrets. Did I make every game in that time, no, but I paid for them. I only wish I had the opportunity now and secretly I hope tht the locals stay away so i can grab myself a good seat in a couple of years when I will be done with the corporate game.

Mark,

Remind me what you do again? Accounting? Is the plan to get away from whatever big outfit you're with now and go out on your own? Good for you! Still a fairly young guy, right? 35 or so? Is the plan to retire early? Got to keep you out of the 'Downer if you want that to happen, right?....LOL.

you're absolutely rigth DN. if you live in the UK an travel from time to time to watch a home game, you have my respect.

i live in Mexico City and i will make the trip to this sunday's game. i'm not a rich person by any means, not even remotely; but i love the Miami Dolphins and i think it's worth make an effort to watch the game live in the stadium.

i'm not a football expert, but i'm sure a Dolfan. shame on you South Florida Dolfans if you don't support our team in the stands.

Miami Dolphins executives, please stop buying your own tickets, gave that money to charity.

from my point of view it's up to us the fans to fill the stadium no matter what.

I don't know the pulse of Miami very well at all being up here in Canada. Would the majority of people from Miami care if this team was moved to LA? Curious? Not going to the stadium is a surefire way for that to happen. Not quite sure what the circumstances are there but if you love your team you find a way to get out to the games, even if it costs you $40. My feeling from afar is that not enough people there love their hometown team.

I have been a fan, well since the begining. When in Miami I always have a ticket. When I lived in Jax, I only bought tickets when the dolphins were in town (in jax). Now I live in Germany, I pay for ESPN America, sadly I have not seen a live telecast of a Dolphins game yet this season. But that is OK, Im coming home in November, I will be at the Seattle game. I suppose what im trying to say is Im a fan, I support my team no matter how crappy they get. The organization can only purchase so many tickets for so long. So if you want to see the game, I say buy a ticket. Go to the the game, show your support. I think the organization is trying to get it right, I think the fans should start showing a little support.

Mark In Toronto,

You have zero way of proving this. All we have is a guy that most times acts like a 3yr old's word for it. Even Armando had to call out you out on the live blog for it.

Dude, your childish actions makes it very difficult to believe you live a successful comfortable life by word of mouth alone. Your childish actions suggest youre lucky lucky to own any tool that allows inmternet access.

Im not attacking or re-engaging in the childish pla penry. Just hoping you look at the man a in the mirror and change his ways.

...I have really no dog in this fight.. I get to watch 90 percent of the games at my bar. As an out of towner I wasn't too shocked at the indifference at the locals attitude toward their team..I have to agree about the point there are more things to do in Miami. I would include any warm weather city into this equasion. I just think it is undeniable that in cold weather cities you find more die hard fans..Think about it. Do you think people would drive 6 hours to watch a divsion 1 AA football team if the weather were nice all of the time? If we were on the coast? No way.

Same for Miami..I'm not from there. I have been there a bunch of times. gone to plenty of games. Have skipped opportunities to go because the chance to go out on a boat and catch tarpon, or watch naked co-eds get tanked on the sandbar sounded better..None of these options happen in Denver, or Green Bay, Chicago, or Kansas City..It is just different. This cannot be denied. Go to a Game in San Diego..It is the same there. People just have better things to do.

I just paid $85 to sit in the upper deck at the Jets game a couple weekends back. they better ensure this game is on tv.

I live in Mexico so it's hard to be every weekend in South Florida, but if I could choose a Sunday to visit my beloved Dolphins that it should be this week's. Why?
A) We have a quality QB for the first time since 1999.
B) JT & ZT will be officially inducted into Honor Roll.
C) With a win, Dolphins will be 0.500 in a season everybody was trashing us.

If some front-office member reads this, let me make it clear, you should place a discount coupon on each Miami Dolphins' article and allow true fans to support the team.

There could be free tickets, discount coupons and 2x1 coupons. A happy fanbase buys sodas, hot-dogs, and more articles.

The reality is that ticket sales will increase with winning.
During the years when the Dolphins were consistently winning, the games were always sold out.

Blacking out the games only alienates the fan base more.

Keep the team in the minds of the fans, win games and things will return to what the once were.

Funny that all the guys who love to take shots at Ross wouldn't think to say thank you to him for keeping these games on TV. Not once! To me that's a one-way street. Mr Ross if you're reading this I'd say to Hell with them. Where is the love or thanks that comes back to you and the franshise. Spoiled brats every one of them. Take, take, take and give nothing back. Your franhsise it too good for them and I think they'd be sorry if you ever moved it.

Craig, Im a CA by trade (CPA to my American friends). I kind of work on my own right now. I do consulting/contracting for corporate clients - with a multi billion dollar mining client right now. So even though I'm technically self employed, I do have to maintain office hours so don't have as much freedom as I'd like. The money is ok but it wouldn't be enough without playing the markets as much as I do.

I'm 38 and the plan is to be a full time investor by the time I'm 42 or so. I hear you about the 'downer. Women, they cost you a bundle, but what the heck - that's why we work - for that three inch piece of real estate.

DD,

'Nakes coeds'? Yeah I have to admit I LOVE my Dolphins but I'd give up support of my team for naked co-eds on the beach. Wow!

Maybe that's the answer to getting more people into the stadium. Naked co-eds! Mr. Ross I need a second for this notion.

Cheers, Mark. Best of success to you! Make York U proud.

I'm supposed to be going to a baby shower Sunday. What do you think the chances are that I can get away and watch the game. Geez, don't people know they shouldn't be booking this stuff on Sundays during football season. This and the Jets game next week are our Super Bowls this year fellas. Still a big Jeff Fisher fan but I want to see our guys kick his team's ass on Sunday. I'm looking at you Cam Wake and Randy Starks. I want to see Bradford on his back ALL day Long!

Mark In Toronto,

Back to the weight lifting thing. Usually a man into his 30's isnt that engaged into weight lifting. Not unless he's into some type of profession or enviroment that absolutely requires it.

I would imagine you would be the stud muffin weight lifter you say you are if you were still in your 20's. But if you are, that would mean 10yrs ago you werent dumping 12 grand into season tickets and traveling all the way to Miami.

Dont brag of things you can not prove. Its no different than telling a flat out lie. With your behavior here, we should just flatout take your word for it? Honestly, I could careless if you did or didnt, to tell the truth. Any fool can impress the gullible.

By the way, I'm in your fair city tomorrow and Saturday, Mark. Finally getting around to seeing 'War Horse'. Not sure if you've seen it yet but I've had a lot of friends rave about it. Always enjoy coming in to Toronto for a few days. Think we're staying at the Marriott, Bloor and Yorkville area. Looking forward to a change of pace from Niagara.

"major dollars are at stake for other folks based on what I might write I don't want to share it here."

LMAO. Please get over yourself, you sissy hack.

I have been to 4 Dolphin home games and I live on the West Coast, been to about 12 overall. It's sad that they don't sell out every game, but the product hasn't been that great recently. I think Ross should continue to buy the tix to achieve the sell outs, and the team's winning ways will take care of that problem going forward this year. Also, the Rams? Not hard to see the lack of interest in a non rival, non conference opponent.

..Craig M.. Actually the sandbar is in the Keys. Islamorada. It is kind of a frat scene. But whatever, the girls are hot, and they are into taking their clothes off so it is worth dealing with captian jersey shore fistpump.....


I think.

YG, who are you to tell me to change my ways? Frankly, we wouldn't be having this conversation if you didn't attack me personally many, many, many times. Insulted my credibility, insulted my city, insulted my country, and used derogatory ethnic slurs.

Why is it whenever someone else says they do something, I hear nothing, but when I say it, you call me a liar and insult me personally?

Frankly, believe what you want to believe, makes no difference to me. If it makes you feel better about what you've accomplished in life, go ahead.

I DON'T CARE!!! Just don't go insulting me, telling mother jokes (really, are we 12 years old??)), and don't go using ethnic slurs or surely I will come back at you.

YG and Mark,

I thought we called a truce on a lot of this stuff. Seems pointless for you guys to keep going at it all the time.

For the record, I believe Mark. I have no reason to believe he'd lie about something like that. Kudos to you for making the trip doing, Mark. How's that good looking lady you were out with this Summer on a boat doing? Does she have my number?....LOL.

I am a season ticket holder, have been since '85 and a fan since '71 (I was 5). The Dolphins should not buy their own tickets to lift the blackout. The Dolphins have given Miami many years of enjoyment (70's, Marino years & early 90's), granted it has been a long stretch, but you don't give up on your team. YOU SUPPORT THEM, through thick and thin. ALL teams have ups and downs (PATS weren't always good, in fact they used to SUCK). We need to fill our stadium with OUR fans and support our team, God forbid they leave to a city that actually supports them. Don't buy your own tickets Phins, I'll be there with the people that truly support you locally. Now you can call me a DOLPHIN ZOMBIE, and then I will welcome the NON-ZOMBIES to the wagon shortly.

GO PHINS!

DD,

If there's room for a soon to be 45 year old Canuck, then I'm there.

On second thought, I'd better stay away. Focused on too many other things these days and that would just be too big a distraction.

It's a tough economy right now. Some people can't make the sacrifice right now. If these were better times I could see the move for them not to act on this, however in these rough times if the Dolphins show their loyalty to their hometown fans that can't make it out to the games when times are better those fans are sure to repay that favor.

I think the people up north have s**t for brains.
Why would anyone in their right mind go through all that to see a football game???
I guess all the smart ones move down here, although I question that at times also.
If Massfish moves down here, I don't want to drive to work on the same road.

Mark In Toronto,.

Never once did I ever say anything at anytime to you w/o first being provoke. Everyone here knows its extremely rare I go after anyone without them first coming after me.

Always look at the part you played in a negative situation. Dont kick sand there wont be any dust.

Mark In Toronto,

This and Im done. The greatest wrong I ever did you was deciding to play in the mud with you. In doing this I lowered myself.

Still, its insanity to play in the mud and then complain about getting dirty.

Put it this way. i live near syracuse, ny and the closest stadium is buffalo. I get harrassed horribly there but you can look for me just two rows back behind the dolphins bench (hear that reggie, im wearing my orange jersey and bringing a sharpie, i will be the guy with the dolphin foam head too). I love this team, ever since the early 90s....im only 25. so ive stuck with them through it all. TRUE fans will. If i lived in Miami id be at every game regardless. Hell i purchase SUnday Ticket just so i can see the games. If Miami is being advertised as a team that cant sell out games, what makes u think free agents are going to want to come there. I even thought about flying to Miami as a vacation just to see a game live. Its been a dream of mine. To be surrounded by aqua, orange, and white....rather than be harrassed by red white and blue Bills fans. F the jets, im not donating a cent to those scum bags so i wont even go there to see miami play. Point is, have faith, stick with your team, if the QB play continues to grow stronger, be here to see it, not just read about it. I was givin the chance to be at every game. u bet i would.

Very passionate dolphin fan in Canada.

Would love to spend 8 Sundays a year under the Florida sun with a beer, a promising QB and hopefully some cute Latin fans

time to play hard ball and black out the games

Craig, I hear you on the family stuff. Actually had a baptism on the Saints v Colts SUPER BOWL. Like really???

Hopefully they have a tv there for your sake.

Its the organizations own fault for such poor showing in recent seasons the fans deserve to watch games in there hometown.... 0-7 start last year and nhomenge game wins the year before, the fans deserve it

The Dolphins have done this to themselves by putting a poor product for yrs.
I as a true fan watch every game every weekend , but you cant sell the masses of fairweather fans with a bad product.
Step up your game FO , and that means continue to lift blackouts.
And by the way, I live in Orlando now and blackouts mean even direc tv wont carry game locally.
Buc fans up here get screwed when they dont sell out cause the game is not even found in orlando which is an hour and half away from tampa

Absolutely would not blame Mr. Ross if he blacked-it-out. Fans have a right to have been disgruntled with team, but they have continually underappreciated Ross's efforts to keep game televised.

My cop-out solution: "one last chance"......televise this one, hope roll continues & then bear down on sell-out criteria next home game.
But fans cannot get upset if this one's blacked-out.

Pity cuz the team's playing well.

dolphan25,

Love the attitude, brother! We need more fans like you. See you at the Bills game later this year. I'll be there too. Client of mine gives me his season tickets to that game every year. Thirty-five yard line but I forget the section. I'll be looking for the orange jersey and the sharpie. Cheers man!

Ross,
It is a very simple, lower ticket prices and parking prices. With all due respect it is simple supply and demand. Lower prices and you will help the demand.

Would you pay new Cadillac prices for a used Chevy on when on a Hyundai budget?

Kwaig, there is a seat for you in Sabans bubble. That is where Ross is going to move the team.

YG, for your sake, I will ask this question to Kris because I know he lifts and we are on similar schedules ...

Is it unusual for a man in his 30s to actually be stronger than in his 20s. I know there used to be a guy here who went under NFFINFAn who was a strong mofo and he was in his 40s. Also, is size all that matters when it comes to lifting - is there something not said for technique??

Fact is I am actually in better shape now than in my 20s - it is not unusual - I've stayed away from steroids - never had any joint problems (thank God) and have learned much better technique in time.

And lastly, in case you ahve a short memory, the two main reasons I hate your essence are 1) I made the post about lifting not to brag but to highlight how weak martin's combine performance was and you made several posts mocking me even though at no particular time did I address you personally. But you made it your life's mission that day to mock me even though you have no knowledge of my accomplishments in any way top be able to challenge them.

2) When calling out local fans for not showing up - you mocked my country, threw in several gratiutous ethnic slurs and poked and prodded and continued for several hours even after I left.

I neveer sat here and bragged once ever - I only stated personal facts. is it that unusual for a modestly successful man to enjoy these things in life when he's never been married or had kids??? Fact is I have a lot of disposable income thankfully because of my personal choices and profession.

Craig M & dolphan25,

I am also planning a Bills trip this year. I am currently looking for tickets. Taking my family (wife and three daughters), any suggestions on sections in stadiums? Hotels?

Thanks

I'm on a nice roll in my football pool. 11-3 last week.

What do you guys think about the 'Hawks beating the Pats this week in Seattle? 'Hawks burned me last week and I had a feeling I should have picked them.

I'm also looking at the Colts over the Jets, the Packers to upset the Texans and the Bills to beat the Cards (yeah I know that makes no sense but I really don't think the Cards are as good as their record shows. Think Denver a few years ago when they started 6-0 under McDaniels and still missed the playoffs).

I am a 2nd year season ticket holder, live in Pa and come down to as many games as I can those that I miss, I see on Direct TV. I have been a Phins fan since I was 10 years old so for 40 years I have watch this team. I for one would black out these games that do not sell "X" number of tickets. If people cannot drag their butts out to the game to support these young men then too bad. I see as many visiting fans of the other team in the stands as ours. South Florida fans should be asshamed, I realize winning sells tickets but if thats the case then there are alot of fair weather fans in Miami. I am also a PSU fan and they put 100,000 fans in the seats for football games every week and PSU is not near a major city.

Craig, haha, just read the boat comment. I will pass your number along ...

Haven't posted in awhile but I read everybody's comments but this was a subject I had to chime in on. The fins being a poor team aside for 15 years, there are other factors. Miami fans have shown up and have been passionate in the past. I remember when the Orange Bowl was known as one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. It rocked. I have never Liked Joe Robbie, or whatever they call it now. The seats are a good 35 yards from the the sidelines and it is not very steep. The ticket prices, not just for the Dolphins, but for professional sports in general are way out of line and the concessions and parking are ridiculous. I mean, these teams must think I am a moron if they think I am going to pay 30 dollars for parking and 9 dollars for a beer. Try 10 dollars for parking and 5 dollars for a beer. They have simply out-priced their fan base. The same has happened for every other sports fan base and don't bring up New York and Chicago because they draw on a larger pool of people. The only anomaly is Green Bay. The other thing about the stadium is they built it way too far outside Miami with poor infrastructure to support it. Couple these issues with the poor management I don't blame the fans for not going. On guy brought up an interesting thing though. What does it matter if they buy them up? They are paying themselves. It is not like they were going to get money anyways. They should at least sell them at a steep and I mean steep discount. At least you get something for them and you get fans in the seats and are able to sell more concessions. You might be able to win some fans back if they have a good time. Interested in any of your thoughts because I do read yours.

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