The blackout rule affects mostly “local” fans, the problem being that “local” can mean anything but “even close”. Having said that, I stopped letting the blackout ruin my Sundays years ago. I posted a similar fanpost last year, but with this being the first blackout of the season this year (and hopefully but not likely the last) I will re-iterate my statements from a year ago:
1) Find something else to do. While the typical PODer may be a die-hard, lifelong, sometimes inexplicable Lions fan, not everyone is. The reason these games blackout is because the interest isn’t where it should be, which is unfortunately still a direct result of the team not being where it should be. While the team has made several improvements they have yet to prove to their less-than-loyal or overly-disgruntled fanbase that they’ve turned the page. At 6-0 you probably couldn’t find tickets, 5-1 no blackout, 4-2 an extension at least, 3-3 could go either way, 2-4 we’re blacked out, 1-5 and the team is lucky if the vendors show up (at 0-6 even the players aren't showing up so what's the difference if the fans are there to see it). This solution isn’t for everyone, but for some the best way to avoid letting the blackout annoy you is to avoid football Sunday all together. Go smack a golfball around, get your tricks and treats ready, go bob for apples, whatever…just avoid checking the scores and you’ll probably enjoy yourself a lot more than if you’re sitting around watching the ticker.
2) Much smarter folks than I (e.g. AJSmitty, Detroit Drew1980, etc.) have long since figured out how to make the internet work for them. Personally watching the game online with streaming video that cuts in and out is almost as annoying as watching the ticker. I said almost, but not quite. The internet can be of assistance if you can’t seem to scratch that itch of watching the game on TV.
3) Go to the game! Again, the reason the blackout rule is in affect is to draw fans to the stadiums. Yes, it’s a stupid, and archaic rule, but it’s still around. I know going to the game can’t work for everyone, but for a lot of us it’s easier than you think. I mean, you’re pissed because you can’t watch the game on TV, so chances are you already had at least 3.5hrs dedicated to football on Sunday. What’s another 2-3 hours when you tack on the drive downtown there and back. In all reality you were just gonna spend that time watching the afternoon games anyway. If it’s the cost that’s keeping you…don’t let it be. You can check StubHub, Craigslist, or any number of online places for last minute tickets at VERY reasonable prices, or you can take a chance (like I will be doing this Sunday) and try your luck with the scalpers (apologies to anyone of Native American Descent who may or may not have actually scalped someone). Buying the tickets online or through a scalper serves multiple purposes. One, you save a boatload off the face value. Two, you prove that the blackout rule does NOTHING to increase ticket sales. You know the saying, if you can’t beat ’em…screw ’em! As far as the additional costs typically associated with attending the game, here are some ways around those too. If you're gonna spend the day downtown, just get down there early and tailgate. For $10 you can park your car/truck and consume as many beers, burgers, and dogs that you can afford to bring with you. Chances are you were gonna eat this stuff at home sitting on your couch, so bring it with and consume til your hearts content before the game. If you do it right you won't have to spend any money in the stadium. Is the $10 still a little rich for your blood? Try parking at the Casino. The Casino is free to park if you have a players card, and if you don't they'll validate if you go get one. You might have to wait in line, but you'll be ready to go for the next blackout. Heck if you get downtown early enough you can park in several free parking areas scattered throughout the city. Yes, buying tickets the legitimate way is expensive (which is a big part of the reason these games aren't selling out). Buying beers/food at the game is expensive too, and the closer you park to the stadium the more it's going to cost you. If you plan ahead a little though, the games don't have to cost that much during a blackout. It beats the hell out of checking the score on your phone, watching the boxscore/ticker online, watching it on a grainy streaming feed that may or may not make it all the way through the game, and it even beats watching them on TV when the game isn't blacked out. At the very least when you're yelling at them for doing something stupid, they might actually hear you!
So no matter what method you choose this Sunday, try not to let this ridiculous rule ruin your day.
PS For those who have never…I typically pay less than half of face value for tickets when I buy them downtown. The closer you get to the stadium, and the later it gets the cheaper it is. They won’t give them away out of principal, but I’ve paid $15 for $80 seats before.