Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Originally posted by DonnieDarko:
Originally posted by iLL49er:
for an example, i currently reside in Philadelphia
this is a football town
however, like the giants...the phillies got red hot for a few years and it was rabid phillies fever, they were topping all baseball teams in attendance and killing it.
then the party ended...the drop off began and with it the fervor died, the seats emptied and that magic was gone
all thru that, the eagles were mediocre to pathetic yet had sold out every game.
the 9ers have sold out every game for yrs as well during the down years i believe
football is king in the bay area just as its king almost everywhere except maybe st louis
the 49ers have had great attendance in that dump of a stadium for years, just imagine how it will be in Levi's. Giants do great in AT&T and did horrible at the stick
During the Ericksen/Nolan/Singletary eras there was never a black-out, but there were thousands of people dressed like empty seats.
Yeah, I don't know for a fact but always heard that during those lean years 49ers would buy up the excess to get the sellout and avoid blackout...and I know a lot of the games I went to did have a good number of empty seats.
The last home game I can recall not being televised was Nov 1981 vs Browns, which 49ers lost 15-12. But IIRC, it wasn't due to non-sellout, but rather because Browns were visitors and so it was an NBC game, as they were the AFC network back then...however, they didn't have the double-header that week and the Raiders were televised on NBC at 10am, so NBC couldn't also televise the Niners game.
I remember listening to it on the radio, getting so mad and almost breaking my brand-new ATARI 2600.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Dec 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM ]