NFL Feels the Pinch

Superbowl time sales behind last year
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NEW YORK: The TV gold mine that is football may not be as productive this coming season as in years past. Marci Ryvicker of Wells Fargo notes that 10 teams are not sold out yet.

“...potentially triggering television blackouts in their local markets--clearly a negative for local television affiliates. CBS has sold 65 percent of its Superbowl inventory with pricing around $2.7 [million] to $2.8 million per spot, in line with what Fox received in 2008 but slightly lower than last year, with NBC selling 30 second spots at $2.8 [million] to $2.9 million. NBC was also 85 percent sold out by this time last year.

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