On the same day the Buccaneers announced that they will implement the new NFL blackout policy with a lower threshold, representatives from the Jaguars indicate that their blackout number will not change. The NFL recently instituted a new policy where they set the bar at 85 percent capacity in order for a blackout to be avoided. The threshold used to be all non-premium seats needed to be sold 72 hours in advance of the game.
According to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, the Jags will not drop to the 85 percent level like the Bucs:
"We have not finalized our blackout number yet, but it will be the same as last year, or very close, to accomodate some seating initiatives we are considering unrelated to the blackout issue," team president Mark Lamping said.
The Jags have not had a home game blacked out since 2009, but they also had to rely on several loopholes in the NFL system in order to avoid a blackout -- namely, getting extensions from the NFL and paying 34 cents on the dollar to the league for unsold tickets.
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