The Dolphins will take advantage of the NFL’s new blackout rule this season, which drops the minimum percentage of non-premium ticket sales needed to avoid a local television blackout to 85 percent.
In an email to Pro Football Talk, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said the Dolphins now need to sell 51,128 tickets in the lower and upper bowls instead of 60,500.
“As you know, over the last three years we have always placed a priority on keeping our games on local television. We have worked hard to do so, feeling it is important for as many of our fans as possible to see our games, either in person or on television,” Dee said to PFT. “We have one of the largest seating capacities in the NFL and know there is still work to be done in order to get every home game on local TV. However, this will help us in our efforts to achieve that goal.”
The Buccaneers will also participate in the new blackout policy. The Bills and Colts were among several teams that decided not to take part.