This Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills will become the first home-opener in Jaguars history not to be shown on local television. That fact was announced this morning, as the team neared today's one p.m. blackout deadline with approximately 8,000 tickets remaining.
"We are disappointed that many of our fans will not get to see our home opener," Jaguars Senior Vice President /Sales and Marketing Dan Connell said. "So we encourage them to come to the stadium and be there in person to experience the first home game under Jack Del Rio."
Tickets may be purchased online at jaguars.com, by calling (904) 633-2000, or at the Alltel Stadium ticket office. The Jaguars ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Those not attending the game will be able to listen to the radio broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) radio. The gameday radio broadcast begins at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., the "Coggin Pregame Show" will air on WTEV-TV 47.
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 rule applies.
This will be just the fifth regular-season blackout for the Jaguars. Three 2001 games (Cleveland, Buffalo and Kansas City) and the 2002 season finale vs. Tennessee have been blacked out locally.
On Sunday, the Jaguars will open three additional ticket windows at Gate 2 for cash-only sales. The gameday ticket office (located between Gates 2 and 3) will open at 10 a.m., and to avoid potentially long lines, fans are encouraged to arrive early to purchase or pick up tickets. Ticket prices still available are $20, $30, $45, $65, $75, $95 and Touchdown Club seats.