Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 6/18/12

Teams in Florida have trouble selling seats. That's a fact. There's a laundry list of possible reasons for the phenomena, but the fact remains that the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Miami Dolphins play with a lot of empty seats on Sundays.

The Dolphins may be looking to change that.

According to Armando Salguero the Miami Herald, the Dolphins may be interested in removing or covering up some of their 35,000 upper deck seats. Sun Life Stadium has more upper deck seats than any other team in the NFL, and that's a big problem for the team.

Florida teams aren't alone in their battle to sell tickets. The Bills, Raiders, Chargers, Bengals, and others have struggled in recent years to sell tickets. Many of the teams struggling to sell out their stadiums reside in southern, coastal cities.

As an aside, teams do not have to sell out the entire stadium to avoid a blackout. For example, the Jaguars didn't have any blackouts last season, but they also didn't sell out their stadium in any of those games. To avoid a blackout, a team must sell out the general bowl only.

Getting back on track, there seems little doubt that the abundance of alternative recreation options is partially to blame for lackluster ticket sales, but there's a far larger culprit out there. That villain, of course, is television.

Going to an NFL game is a very large financial commitment, especially when you consider that you can still see the game with a better view from your own home for free. TV contracts have been very lucrative for the NFL, and they aren't going anywhere anytime soon, but they've also chipped away at stadium attendance.

The fact of the matter is that there will always be fans that would rather go to the games in person than watch them on TV, but rising ticket costs have limited the number of fans that can actually afford that luxury. There seems to be one very obvious solution to the problem. Smaller stadiums.

There's now an obsession with building bigger stadiums, but once that team goes through a bad stretch of play, many of those seats don't sell. The television market has made it possible for more people than ever to see NFL games live, and the NFL needs to adapt. They have to realize that many, if not most, people can't afford to go to the games. Some teams can and will always be able to support huge stadiums (New York Giants, Jets, and the Dallas Cowboys), but that's not true in all markets. Winning is the only way for a team to ensure that their stadium is full on Sunday. The Dolphins may be the latest team to artificially shrink their stadium, but they won't be the last.


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks


Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

Reggie Bush reportedly closing in on contract with Bills

Report: Eric Berry planning to no-show training camp

Eagles could have interest in Gordon if Browns trade him

Report: Fitzpatrick, Jets not likely to have deal before camp

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

Report: Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston likely to miss regular-season games

Padres reportedly making progress on Cashner trade

NFL Network to stream on PlayStation Vue

Report: Eagles’ Nigel Bradham charged for assaulting cabana boy

Rudy Gay underwent minor Achilles procedure this summer

Bashaud Breeland brought puppies to Washington camp

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker