Blacked Out Again

With approximately 2,200 tickets remaining, Sunday's game between the Jaguars and Bills will not be televised in the Jacksonville area, according to National Football League guidelines. The NFL rule for televising a game in the home area requires that the game be sold out 72 hours before kickoff. The game would have had to be sold out at 1:00 p.m. today in order for the blackout to be lifted.

For fans wishing to see the game, tickets can still be purchased online at jaguars.com, by calling (904) 633-2000 or at the Jaguars ticket office at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The ticket office will be open until 5:00 p.m. today and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday the ticket windows at the north end of the stadium between gates 2 and 3 will be open beginning at 10:00 a.m. Fans are encouraged to purchase or pick up their tickets prior to Sunday.

Fans will be able to listen to the game live on WOKV AM & FM Radio (690, 106.5). The Jaguars radio broadcasts feature Brian Sexton in his 13th season handling play-by-play, with former Jaguar Jeff Lageman adding analysis. Sam Jordan is the field reporter. The game day radio broadcast begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Burger King Tailgate Show, followed by the Suddath Pregame Show starting at 12:00 noon.

Secondary markets are included in the blackout area, therefore television stations in Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Orlando and Savannah, Ga. will not be allowed to air the game. The blackout radius is signal penetration within 75 miles of the home city. In addition, individuals as well as sports bars and other business establishments who are located within the blackout area are not allowed to show the game, via satellite or any other means. The signals for network games are scrambled, but any establishment showing a blacked out game in the blackout area will be in violation of the United States Copyright and Communications Act and will be liable for significant damages. Television stations are not allowed to show any highlights of a game while that game is in progress, even in normal news programming. Once the game ends, the usual six-minute limit of "same day" footage applies.


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