Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Miami Dolphins announced late Monday night that the final preseason game will be blacked out locally. But the game will still be seen on CBS4 Thursday night, starting at 11:30 p.m.
Blackouts are implemented by the NFL if a team doesn’t sell out the stadium 72 hours ahead of game time. This week’s game is set for Thursday, meaning the deadline has come and gone this week.
Blackouts are an attempt to fill the stadiums with local fans by preventing them from watching their local team at home instead of going to the game, thereby helping a local team sell more tickets to their home games.
Only after a game is sold out can it be aired locally.
Blackouts have happened in recent years to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions during the regular season.
Most games in the NFL, even when the Dolphins were abysmal in 2007, are televised live. But, this week’s game will be aired in tape delay.
The game can be seen Thursday at 11:30 p.m. on CBS4; and again on Friday on TV33 at 8:00 p.m.