JACKSONVILLE FL - OCTOBER 18: A fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars enjoys the game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on October 18 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
I get asked all the time where the Jacksonville Jaguars stand ticket sales wise right now. I can honestly say I don't know. I know renewals seem to be up as well as some more club seats being sold than usual, but for specifics I can't really say. A lot of this has to do with the Jaguars doing away with their ticket counter, something they put up the past two seasons to show the status of tickets sales. While it was a good idea in concept, it really was a bad idea and just an easy way for people to take more shots at the Jaguars fanbase.
Recently, the Jaguars hired Mark Lamping to be the team's president of non-football operations, and he seems to have the same mentality. "I just don't believe the long-term success of this franchise is in rallying the community to avoid a blackout," said Mark Lamping told the Jacksonville Business Journal. "I don't think it is. It's not sustainable long term if every year you're saying, ‘Our No. 1 goal is to just avoid blackouts.' You know, we gotta get beyond that and build a customer base where we're not even thinking about blackouts."
Many of us have been saying exactly what Lamping is saying here, but it's nice to have the guy in charge thinking the same way.