Dolphins Will Buy Up Tickets To Avoid Blackout

The Miami Dolphins will avoid a local television blackout by buying up the remaining tickets for the team's home opener against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, according Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider.

NFL blackout rules allow for a blackout of live televised home games within 75 miles of a team's stadium if a certain ticket sale threshold is not met. That radius covers a significant portion of South Florida if the Dolphins blackout a local game.

The ticket threshold was lowered this season, as the Dolphins now require just 85 percent of non-premium seats to be sold in order to avoid a blackout. Previously the stadium would need to be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff for the game to be televised live in the Miami area.

The Dolphins have not had a regular-season home game blacked out since 1998.

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