Three games will blacked out in home cities this weekend bringing to 13 the number of blackouts through eight weeks this season – a 63 percent increase from the eight games that were blacked out through Week 8 in 2009. For the complete 2009 NFL season, there were 22 blackouts.
“I think the economy is really hurting our fans,” NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman told The Washington Post last month. “We know it. We see it. We hear it. They tell us they’re not leaving for good. They’re just staying at home.”
In 2008 there was there was one blackout through Week 8 and nine for the entire season.