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Texans Looking to Avoid Blackouts in 2009

The Chronicle today talks about the Texans trying to make sure they have no blackouts locally in 2009:

Texans owner Bob McNair tries to distance himself from a “playoff or else” mantra, but the players and coaches feel it. Fans know it and are excited about it. Well, at least we thought they were. But Tuesday evening, one could go online and find tickets available for the season opener against the Jets at Reliant Stadium. And not just a handful of obstructed view or standing-room-only seats. Good seats at good prices.

Actually, seats at all prices — from the cheapest to the most expensive — from Section 744 for $35 to Section 341 at a cool $312 bucks apiece. Is it the economy? With 21/2 weeks left before the 2009 season begins, one would think the Texans might be the hottest ticket in town. Are the Texans, who have sold out every home game in the franchise’s history, heading into the dreaded NFL blackout territory? “That’s not an issue for us,” team president Jamey Rootes said. “There are not many seats available for any games this year. There are seats we hold back and release slowly in the marketplace. That is what you’re seeing.”

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