I don't know much about perverse incentives, having majored in the liberal arts and minored in relatives asking if I had yet perfected asking whether the customer wanted fries with that, but I can't imagine this is what the NFL had in mind when its counterproductive blackout policy interacted with the St. Louis Rams' desire to keep people in St. Louis interested enough to continue watching in the privacy of their own home—
With Thursday afternoon's deadline approaching to meet NFL sellout requirements, and thus ensure local TV, several thousand tickets remain for Sunday's contest with the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome.
It's the same situation the Rams faced for their home opener two weeks ago, when with a big assist from the Edward Jones company, the Rams bought up the unsold tickets.
This from Jim Thomas, attached to a story about the Rams no longer being interested in Vincent Jackson, who appears to have burned all his bridges after driving drunk over them. Guess what will neither bring fans into the stadium nor help the Rams garner new ones—forcing block-buying hijinks just so the game can be televised for the only people who even might be interested in it.