Blackouts are actually quite simple: 1) If you live within range of a team that doesn't sell out 2) If a game is on your local station then it will be blacked out on Sunday Ticket, unless you get lucky As for your original question of if it's worth it, here is a list: 1) Is your favorite team not one that is your local team? For example I'm a Bears fan living in Lions country. So Sunday Ticket is the only way I can watch the Bears every week. 2) You want to watch something other then the games your locals decide to show you. Now if you get your favorite team every week on your local station and you don't care about anything else then ST is not worth it. Example you are a Packers fan and you get the Packers every week on your local station cause you live in Green Bay, then getting ST for the Packers doesn't make sense. But if you want to watch something other then the Packers then rock on 3) Fantasy Football freak. ST is GOD for those that are into fantasy football.