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Jags Blame Lockout For Slow Ticket Sales

Team Extends Ticket Deadline Again To April 29

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Most days, the ticket window at EverBank Field is empty, with no Jaguars fans to be found.

The organization blames the lack of ticket sales on the NFL lockout.

"Once the lockout was announced, we didn't come to a screeching halt, but it has considerably come down," Jaguars Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Macky Weaver said.

At this point, about 70 percent of season ticket holders have renewed. The Jaguars hoped that number would have been more like 90 percent.

Now, it's looking like 2009, when all but one home game was blacked out.

The Jaguars have already extended the deadline once this year. Now, they're extending it again until April 29, the day after the first day of the NFL Draft.

Although fans may be concerned, many do believe the lockout will be lifted.

"I don't blame the players, and I understand what the owners are saying," one Jaguars fan said. "They just have to come to a happy medium."

The Jaguars believe there will be 10 home games this year, including preseason, and the organization is encouraging fans to get in on the game.

It said holding back will only hurt the city of Jacksonville.

"We understand people are dissatisfied, but that's not the best way to do it (don't buy tickets), because at the end of the day, it's going to put us in a bad light with the NFL, and that is not what we want to do."