Instead of requiring all tickets be sold 72 hours prior to kickoff for a game to be televised locally, the league’s ownership has decided that 15 percent of the seats can be unsold. Which is good for the guy sitting home who can’t afford a ticket, but might be concerning for the NFL as it assesses getting people out of recliners to watch games.
Brown and company seemed to dig their heels in most because the NFL was blacking out games forcing local fans to purchase tickets to games in stadiums that were largely built, improved and subsidized by their own tax dollars. Of course, the worst thing going for fans who do actually go to games are the TV timeouts surrounding scores with the extra point, TV timeout, kickoff, TV timeout exchange.
Also consider the geographic disparities pointed out in the letter. Buffalo has a stadium that seats about 73,000. Chicago has a stadium that seats 61,500. Buffalo’s population is nearly four times smaller than Chicago’s at 261,000 vs. 1 million or so. Yes, Buffalo pulls from a region including Rochester (1 hour away) and Syracuse (about 2.5 hours away) but let’s not pretend the populations are even remotely close to being the same.