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Jaguars Ask For Extension, Hope To Avoid Blackout

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had some serious trouble selling out home games this season. They have struggled their way to a 3-7 record this season, and the hype surrounding the team has reached its nadir. Although the Jaguars haven't had a local blackout over the past two seasons, that's only because the team has stepped up with aggressive ticket campaigns and have bought the remaining tickets themselves whenever needed.

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Going into Week 12 of the season, not much has changed. The Jaguars have filed for a 48-hour extension to sell all their tickets, claiming that Thanksgiving is interrupting sales and that they can sell out if given the time. They currently have around 5,000-7,000 tickets remaining for purchase.

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Even if the Jaguars sell out and avoid the blackout, though, it's no guarantee that many fans will tune in to watch them face the Texans on Sunday. According to the Florida Times-Union:

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Their game against the Colts a week ago head an overnight rating of 17.0 and a national rating of 17.6 with a 30 share. That was the lowest in the league for a local team. Miami was second lowest at 18.4 with a 38 share. The game in Indianapolis got a 27.6 rating and a 51 share.

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The Jaguars had a 17.2 overnight rating for the game in Cleveland. The leader last week was New Orleans with a 52.9 rating and a 73 share.

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Goooo Florida!

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