Three of the four playoff games were saved from blackouts in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Green Bay. Local grocery store chains stepped in and purchased the remaining tickets in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, so the games could be broadcast in the home region of both these teams. In Green Bay, the the local Fox network stadium purchased the remaining tickets so the game could be shown locally. There have been more and more empty seats in NFL stadiums this past season. Are fans finally getting tired of the high prices of the tickets, parking, and food items when they go to games and finally deciding that staying home and watching games is the better and cheaper way to experience NFL football today. I think that is exactly what is taking place throughout much of the NFL. With ticket prices beyond the reach of many middle class families, going to games is no longer a priority for many NFL fans. Instead sitting at home and watching the game on HI-Def televisions, while keeping track of how the players on their fantasy team are doing , seems to be how the majority of NFL fans want to experience watching games today. The Dolphins have seen attendance decline in recent years as more and more fans make the decision to stay home and watch the game on TV. This now appears to be happening more often in other cities around the nation. The fact three of the four games this week didn't sell out and are only going to be shown in their home regions because companies stepped in and purchased the remaining tickets is a sign that the NFL fan is losing interest in actually attending games. This is a black eye for the NFL, as far as I am concerned. Yes it will be cold in Green Bay, but that never prevented the old Green Bay fans from showing up for playoffs games. The Ice Bowl game between the Packers and the Cowboys was played in weather which was colder than what is predicted in Green Bay this week. Yet that game was completey sold out and the local networks didn't have to step in and buy the remaining tickets for that game. There is a push by the Dolphins to renovate the present stadium. I am more and more convinced that renovating the stadium or building a new stadium will not solve the attendance problem which the Dolphins and other NFL teams are experiencing. Prior to the lifting of the blackout for home games, most NFL stadiums were sold out on a weekly basis. That was because if local fans of the team wanted to see their team play live, they actually had to attend the game. Perhaps the NFL needs to go back to that time period when all games were blacked out in the home teams area, whether it was sold out or not. Because as long as most fans can sit at home and watch the game in the comfort of their own home on a big screen TV. Why would they have any real interest in attending games at the stadium? You will always have a certain segment of the fan base which loves to actually attend games, but this segment of the fans seems to be less and less every year. The NFL needs to deal with this issue before it becomes a much larger problem than it already is.