Tiger-Cats Consider Television Blackouts
From the National Post
Posted: April 22, 2010, 1:00 PM by Mark Masters
CFL, Television, Argos, Ticats
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are considering using television blackouts during the upcoming season, according to club president Scott Mitchell.
"We have used them in the past and we will consider using them in the future and at this point in time that's up in the air," said Mitchell.
Canadian Football League teams have the option of blocking local television coverage of their home games. The Ticats did not blackout any games last season, but did exercise that option during the previous campaign.
"I don't think there is any question on a short-term basis blackouts are effective in terms of driving ticket sales so you have to measure that against what your franchise objectives are and what your plan as a whole is," said Mitchell.
The Toronto Argonauts are also considering using blackouts during the upcoming season.
Last year, 10 CFL games were blacked out. The BC Lions blacked out five games, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers blacked out three games and the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders blacked out one game each.
Each team may blackout up to five games per season except for the Argos. A clause in the CFL's television-rights contract with TSN limits the Argos to two blackouts per season so as to ensure the network isn't blocked access to the country's largest market too often.