The Miami Dolphins announced Thursday that Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins will be televised locally, preserving a long streak of avoiding the blackout. The game will air on Fox channels 7 and 29 in South Florida at 1 p.m.
As they did prior to the previous two home games, the Dolphins and partners purchased the necessary tickets to ensure the game will be telecast. This time WSVN-Channel 7 helped chip in for an undisclosed number of remaining tickets.
The unused tickets will be used for the military and to reward season ticket and premium members. The game will feature a salute to the military and veterans, and a donation to Disabled American Veterans in included in a special ticket package.
"It is with great pride and gratitude that we provide complimentary tickets to our troops and veterans for Sunday's contest as part of our annual Salute to Service military game. These tickets are a small token of appreciation to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country," said Mike Dee, Dolphins CEO. "In addition to the military, we will also reward our premium members and those members who have not yet been able to receive additional tickets."
Sunday will mark the 105th consecutive regular-season game on local television since an Oct. 18, 1998, game against the St. Louis Rams was blacked out.
The Dolphins will distribute the allotment of tickets on a complimentary basis to military and members of the Disabled American Veterans. Any remaining tickets will be given to premium members and those season ticket members who have not been able to receive complimentary tickets when the team bought out the Texans and Broncos' games.
The opportunity to allow members to select additional seats at no cost serves as a membership benefit and helps to create a home-field advantage, while also maintaining the price integrity and value of season ticket memberships.
Tickets will continue to be sold at the normal Dolphin ticket outlets through Sunday's kickoff. A special ticket package is available for fans that want to support the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Fans can purchase an upper-level ticket for $49 and $10 will be donated to the DAV.
A slow economy and poor play have slowed ticket sales. The Dolphins were 1-7 at home last season and are 0-3 at Sun Life Stadium in 2011, but are coming off their first victory of the season, a 31-3 rout of the Chiefs at Kansas City.
The Dolphins averted a blackout for the Sept. 18 Houston Texans when the team, Bud Light and TV partner WFOR-CBS4 bought as many as 10,000 tickets for the game. The total was believed to be between 3,000 and 5,000 for the game against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.
Plans for the tribute to the military and veterans includes: pregame enlistment; national anthem by Parris Island Marine Band; U.S. Navy flyover; Coast Guard Color Guard; sailors from the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) on the field holding the giant American flag; military vehicles including a mini-jet F-16 on the AT&T Grand Plaza; military-themed music throughout the game and for cheerleader end zone performance; and "Salute to Service" wall banners in the end zones or sidelines.
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