Falcons game soldout, no local blackout

Falcons fans have plenty to cheer about on the way to a 41-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals during 2nd half action at the Georgia Dome. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons fans have plenty to cheer about on the way to a 41-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals during 2nd half action at the Georgia Dome. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Buoyed by a victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, the Falcons game against the 0-3 San Francisco 49ers was soldout by Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline and will not be blocked out local, per league rules.

The game, set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome,  will be televised on Fox with Dick Stockton handling the play-by-play, Charles Davis and Jim Mora serving as color analysts and Laura Okmin as the sideline reporter.

Local NFL blackouts are triggered when a game does not sell out within 72 hours of kickoff.

Falcons battle flags were given away to the first 60,000 Falcons fans entering the Georgia Dome, adding to the "Dome Field" advantage against the Arizona Cardinals. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons battle flags were given away to the first 60,000 Falcons fans entering the Georgia Dome, adding to the "Dome Field" advantage against the Arizona Cardinals. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

There will be at least two blackout this week as San Diego and Oakland failed to sellout. St. Louis asked for a 24-hour extension with the hopes of selling their final 6,000 tickets.  Through Week Four there will be at least six blackouts. Last season, there were 22 blackouts league-wide, a five-year high.

In 2007, the Falcons had two games blacked out. A midseason game against San Francisco snapped a streak of 56 consecutive sellouts dating to 2002 and Arthur Blank’s purchase of the franchise. The season finale against Seattle also was blacked out.

Coming off that 4-12 season, the  Falcons struggled to sell out games early in 2008.  The Falcons’  season opener against Detroit required local sponsors to purchase tickets to ensure the game would be televised locally. The team struggled to sell out its second home game against Kansas City but did so just prior to the deadline.

As the team progressed to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in 2008, blackouts have not been a serious issue.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank recently addressed the team’s ticket situation in a Q & A with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We had fairly good renewals this year,” Blank said. “They were not as high as in the past, but they were fairly good. What we are excited about is that we had about 10,000 fans step up and buy new season packages from us. In this situation, we try to be very thoughtful about our ticket prices. About 27 percent of our tickets were held flat. About 15 percent went down. We offered a variety of packages, as many as 10 different packages, that fans could select from. We had different areas and price points that made sense for them and their families.”

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36 comments Add your comment

Resign or Resign?

October 1st, 2010
9:41 am

Like the Birds throw-backs a lot better than the Jets’ and Fish’ I saw the last couple of weeks; just awful! Go BIRDS!!

Resign or Resign?

October 1st, 2010
9:41 am

Resign or Resign?

October 1st, 2010
9:42 am

The Jets in Brown and the Fish in Red? Not good!

Damon Evans

October 1st, 2010
9:45 am

Eyes is making more money than any of you Haters here in Boston where we got a REAL football team!

Go, Patriots!

Falc

October 1st, 2010
9:55 am

had it with the breast cancer stuff, good cause, but this is football and they should be supporting the fight against prostate cancer and women should support that as much as men support the fight against breast cancer, but we shouldn’t get to carried away. I like the throw back uniforms but that pink crap is going to ruin it!

Blanket Statements

October 1st, 2010
9:57 am

please wear these unis every week.

PINK CLEATS...

October 1st, 2010
9:58 am

BWWWWWHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

PreyDawg

October 1st, 2010
9:58 am

Please block the Damon Evans imposter. His comment is racist. Damon Evans was a good man who did a horrible thing. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Yes, he had to be fired but he does not deserve the mocking. The man is suffering the consequences enough as it is.

PreyDawg

October 1st, 2010
9:59 am

Now on to the Falcons. I would have been REALLY dissapointed if the fans had not sold this one out. We should sell all of them out this year. We finally have the team we have been waiting for. These guys are hungry. I plan on driving 6 hours to be there.

PreyDawg

October 1st, 2010
10:01 am

Love Charles Davis. One of the best analysts in broadcasting. Cant stand Jim Mora doing our games. Doesnt seem right after the way he conducted his business here. As for Stockton, one of the former greats that needs to retire. Keeps getting the teams mixed up.

lilhomer

October 1st, 2010
10:02 am

new OC for san fran…no tendencies..look for san fran to throttle number 88…

Po-Po Pete

October 1st, 2010
10:05 am

Damon Evans only GOT CAUGHT ONCE. All of us here in Athens know what a degenerate he truly is. His cheating and partying are the stuff of legend.

Unlike DISH Network customers here in Georgia, DirecTV subscribers in Boston like Damon Evans will be able to watch this weekend’s FALCONS game.

Resign or Resign?

October 1st, 2010
10:05 am

minihomer:

They did last year; and #84 WENT OFF!

Sick of the trolling

October 1st, 2010
10:14 am

If you are sick of people ‘trolling’ these boards with juvenile comments, please send the AJC a suggestion to require a user name and password log-in to post comments. I think that this will dissuade this behavior as they will lose the ability to use multiple user names. Also, only people who really are motivated to comment will take the 5 minutes to register through email. Personally, I’d like to see some civility and intelligence return to these boards. You can send your suggestion/request through this link: http://projects.ajc.com/customercare/contactus-form/

FalconFan

October 1st, 2010
10:32 am

@ Po-Po Pete, you must didn’t read the whole article. Dish Network customesr will not lose the Fox Network.

Sly Ty

October 1st, 2010
10:50 am

Blackouts are not a concern for winning teams like the Falcons. I am puzzled at the relevance of the story. We all know that the Falcons are in 1st Place in the NFC South and therefore it is no shock that the games are selling out even more quickly.

teamguy

October 1st, 2010
10:53 am

My season tickets have gone every year that Arthur Blank has owned the team, except for one. They were forty-three dollars per seat the first year, and are one hundred twenty this year. Not complaining, just setting the record straight. No concessions ever seem to be made to long-time season ticket holders. .I guess it’s like the cell phone companies that are always offering special deals to newcomers, but existing customers can’t get the same deal.

Moddyd

October 1st, 2010
11:02 am

@Sly is that sarcasm? I’m a season ticket holder for the past 5 years and I am not sure if we ever really have “sell out” games. Except for when those other big teams are here. Then its like 50/50 on the Falcons fans that come and the opposing, generally d-bag, fans.

Moddyd

October 1st, 2010
11:05 am

@TeamGuy My tickets in the upper endzone nose bleeds have gone up only once in five years. New people coming in are paying more this year than I am for my seats because of the renewal. No one in your section, if they are buying season tickets, is paying less than you. Unless you are in that weird pricing teir on the upper sidelines were they price jobs after row 12 or something like that.

KnightInATL

October 1st, 2010
11:10 am

Braves will have 50K+ on Sunday. Falcons sold out. Who says Atlanta doesn’t support their teams?

Ryder

October 1st, 2010
11:25 am

Atlanta will support a franchise if they are winning, just like any other franchise in every other city.

FrontRow

October 1st, 2010
11:44 am

PreyDawg Damon Evans didn’t “do” something, he GOT CAUGHT doing something.

Big difference.

Falcon Jim

October 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

Mr. Ledbetter,

Was there a question that it would not sell out?

tom

October 1st, 2010
1:46 pm

It took this long for a team that is supposedly this good to sell out??? I would have thought they had sold out all of their games even before the season started the way everyone has talked about them.

GTJeff

October 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

I’m really excited about this years team based on our D. Them come out hungry & play like that during the game. I hope Mularky opens up the playbook & lets Matt take some shots down field. Niners secondary is pathetic.

saintfan49

October 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

Before ya”ll freak about a saint fan on your board, I just wanted to congragulate the Falcons and their fans on their victory this past week. That was one heck of a game. Good luck the rest of the year, (except for a Monday night in December, which will probably be for the division championship, and possibly home field advantage). I have a feeling that the NFC championship will be Saints vs. Falcons. Now that would be wild, no matter where its played.

Eskoballa

October 1st, 2010
2:43 pm

In my opinion, I would prefer them to dawn out there all black uniforms like in 2008. after these 2 throw back uniform games are done they should do that so it can show nfl that we ready. like the saints did in 2009.

This Gets Old!

October 1st, 2010
8:11 pm

“If you are sick of people ‘trolling’ these boards with juvenile comments, please send the AJC a suggestion to require a user name and password log-in to post comments. I think that this will dissuade this behavior as they will lose the ability to use multiple user names.”

You know it used to be that way when this was a pay site and prior to the Vick debacle. Nobody thought they were smarter than everybody else. Nobody tried to “call out” the writer and jumped on and off any bandwagon. AJC now seems to want to take advantage always of any situation involving Vick and next week, before the Eagles game will indeed be “sick”

trap game

October 1st, 2010
10:31 pm

The epitome of fair weather fans-ATLANTA. See how it goes after my Niners put a black eye on the bird!

trap game

October 1st, 2010
10:34 pm

Eskoballa- All you Falcons do is try and copy . Why not win your own way and the monikers and customs will come to you instead of inventing for what does not exist. Where was all this energy last year? Nowhere and thats why your team will go nowhere.

pritdapit

October 2nd, 2010
1:00 am

trap please keep posting. haha i love it wish seen was here too! the way yall waaaaa and throw whole book at us, and talk about last year i love it!!!! trolls are funny lil things we shouldn’t try and get rid of em, just laugh at em.

Blake

October 2nd, 2010
1:01 am

Thanks saintfan49!That’s about as nice a comment as I’ve heard from any Saints fan…Anytime Atlanta and New Orleans gets together there’s gonna be some football played!

Blake

October 2nd, 2010
1:08 am

trap game-let your 0-3 niners come on In here.I’ll tell you where all our energy was last year…We we’re whooping your team all over the field 45-10.This coaching staff or Matt Ryan Isn’t gonna let this team have a letdown…I betcha!So I guess the 0-3 niners are going somewhere..HUH!

Samuel

October 2nd, 2010
7:25 am

Winning will take care of sellouts, nobody wants to see a team that doesn’t do well.

trap game

October 2nd, 2010
8:37 am

Your own writer plus Gonzales says your a middle of the road team! Singletary and my boys are gonna quiet that tent you have for a stadium. Is that a real picture? surely thats not a real dome. Looks like a circus tent and with those colors it should be in San Fran.

Charleston Falcon

October 2nd, 2010
6:17 pm

Wish they would always wear their original uniforms. Never did like the new uniforms, especially the logo on the helmet. Should be a good game if they keep their intensity after the big win last week- these were always classic battles in the 80’s.