Jacksonville Jaguars team president Mark Lamping made a huge announcement when he was on WOKV AM 690 on Wednesday, when he said that the Jaguars will not have any of their home games blacked out this season. He also said that blackouts "aren't even part of the conversation."
The Jaguars have not had a game blacked out since the 2009 season, but the team was seemingly always on blackout alert on a week-to-week basis over the past few seasons. The Jaguars have avoided blackouts in the past by making last minute deals with local companies to buy the amount of tickets needed to ensure that game would be on local television.
The NFL made changes to the blackout rule this season by allowing teams to only have to sell 85 percent of their tickets in order to avoid not being on television. Some teams took up the NFL on that offer, but the Jaguars elected to not take advantage of the new rule.
Now that it has been announced that all of the Jaguars home games are not going to be blacked out, it is big a win for the local fans, who can now watch the game from their home and not have to worry if they can see their team or not.