Even though the new NFL rule is that only 85% of the tickets must be sold in order to avoid a blackout, the Colts are deciding to to stick with the old rule and blackout any game that isn't 100% sold out. This sort of stuff makes you wonder why you even spend so much time following a team. Most people, I imagine, can only afford to go to a couple of games a year. Just going to a couple is pretty expensive. Yet they are saying that they are going to make all of us suffer by going beyond an NFL rule by blacking out the games themselves? Yeah, that's pretty much the last thing you want to do when you just cut one of the greatest players of all time and have a shrinking fan base. It's a complete screw over to people who have stuck with the team through the 2-14 season and the release of Manning. If the Colts somehow steal a game that isn't a 100% sellout, then don't you want that on TV in the CITY YOU PLAY IN so that in can encourage some people to come out later in the season and give the team a chance? What a stupid decision.
I said a couple weeks ago that the Simon's not allowing us to go after RFA's was the dumbest self-imposed rule I had ever heard. But this by far takes the cake. To self-impose a blackout that is harsher than the new NFL rule which eases up on restrictions is by far the most insane thing I have ever heard. When you have 2,000 season tickets at this point, it shows you that there is some weariness amongst fans. We cut one of the greatest players ever, so the last thing you want to do is penalize the remaining fans who are watching through the rebuilding process. You want people to watch on TV, or else you are alienating an already declining fan base. They have to be exposed on television or else this will have bad repercussions.
Finally, the taxpayers built the stadium while Irsay gets all the money that is made there. It's completely offensive that they are considering doing this. Hope it doesn't wind up happening.