Joel Glazer warns that blackouts could be coming to Tampa

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had trouble filling up their stadium lately.  But all of their games have appeared on local television.  This reality has prompted widespread speculation that the team has been purchasing the excess tickets, to ensure that the three-hour informercial will air not only when the team plays on the road, but also when the team plays in Tampa.

Though the official NFL Game Books show sellout-level crowds for the seven games hosted at Raymond James Stadium in 2009 (63,806 against the Cowboys, 63,689 against the Giants, 62,422 against the Panthers, 62,994 against the Packers, 62,720 against the Saints, 62,731 against the Jets, and 62,578 against the Falcons), the folks at JoeBucsFan.com said that empty seats were common last season, citing figures from the Tampa Sports Authority.  Per the St. Petersburg Times, the actual attendance for the game against Carolina was only 42,487.

If the team has been eating the extra tickets, that could be changing.  Co-chairman Joel Glazer recently said that there is a “real possibility” that the team will face blackouts during the 2010 season, according to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.

“I’d say this is the first year in many years that we expect we could
very well have blackouts, based on where we’re at,” Glazer said.  “We hope that’s not the case, but where we sit today, we don’t want
people to be necessarily surprised because we haven’t had this in 15
years, but we’re staring at the possibility for the first time in a
decade and a half of having games blacked out in our local market.  It’s
not what we want and we are working very hard to try and see that it
doesn’t happen, but it is a real possibility.”

Last year, the Buccaneers played only seven regular-season games at home, since one of their “home” games took place in London.  It’s possible that the Glazers justified paying for the excess tickets for the seven Tampa games by using any extra money earned from the 80,000-plus who attended the game at Wembley Stadium.

Regardless of how the Glazers managed to avoided blackouts in 2009, that same approach apparently won’t be used in 2010, making Jacksonville no longer the only city in Florida that is scrambling to sell tickets.

45 responses to “Joel Glazer warns that blackouts could be coming to Tampa

  1. Boy the media loves to rip the Jaguars when they have issues selling tickets! I expect the same for Tampa Bay.

  2. The Glazers are siphoning money off of the Bucs to cover that soccer team they own. They should just sell the Bucs to LA so they can focus exclusively on their other team.

  3. Simple answer for The Young Mr. Glazer. Attempt to put a team on the field that could beat the the florida tuskers. the 3 wins from last year were an extreme case of a blind squirrel finding a nut. I understand the want/need to build through the draft but absent Ronde Barber who else on this team is a bona fide leader?

  4. Maybe it will dawn on folks that salaries need to go down for players and ticket prices need to go down for consumers. Then demand will meet supply. It will solve the blackout problem and prove for more family friendly games since people will not think they’ve purchased the right to be an a$$ hole for 4 hours regardless of those surrounding them. Skins games a good example. Oh for ol’ RFK….

  5. That sounds like typical Buccaneer Fans! I lived in Tampa from 1992 – 2006. When I first got there, the old Tampa Stadium used to be 60% Packer fans on game day. Then, when the Buccaneers started winning you could hardly get a ticket. Now that they are not so good again they are talking about local blackouts for the first time. That proves that Buccaneer fans are NOT true football fans. They only want to go see the team when it is winning. I think the best term for that would be “bandwagon jumpers”!! If the blackouts do happen, Tampa will be one city that deserves it!!

  6. THis is going to haPpen in a lot more places than you think. In case no one has noticed the economy is still in tank mode

  7. I didn’t read one word of the post because of the title. Jay Glazer is the biggest douchebag on television. The guy doesn’t even report anymore because he wants to roll around on the floor MMA style with every football player possible. Actual reporting, not unlike this site, just doesn’t happen with Jayson.

  8. Jack Acid,
    You’re right. We just produce all the talent for the NFL. No Big Deal.
    -H.I.T.

  9. when they win you cant get near the place. they have the worst oners in football. the phonies all say they are gator fans. front runner bums! take tebo please. you will have the #1 pick for many years. you have replaced the lions+raiders as the worst franchise

  10. What do you expect when you cut all the players we like (Mr Derrick Brooks), hire a temp coach, and go on a losing streak….

  11. Wrong Jack,
    Florida has only two Pro Football teams, (unless you choose to include that semi pro team called the Miami DORKFins). I have always said, give Tampa and Jacksonville pro football teams, and that stinking “Foreclosure infested” piece of real estate called Miami would want one too. Fortunately they have yet to get one.

  12. GOOD!
    Get that crappy underfunded team off my damn TV.
    Many of us unfortunate enough to live within the range of this shitty franchise would more than welcome getting better games on our picture boxes.

  13. Take some of the Manchester money and put together a winning team ! Is it that hard Glazer?
    You had the brass to fire chucky. Get the brass and stop dumping your money into the united!

  14. Jack Acid says:
    Florida is the most casual football state in the union. And yet they have 3 teams.
    ********************************
    Based on what standard? Tampa took a team that was 9-7 and gutted it. I don’t care what city you’re in, when the owner makes no effort to improve the team, you’re going to to turn the fans off. Since winning the Super Bowl, they’ve had 3 winning seasons and 4 losing.

  15. Is it that much of a surprise?!!!
    A Young GM….. A NO-EXPERIENCE at winning HC…. 3-13 record and they do basically nothing to bring in quality, experienced players….. Tied for last as teams spending…. Poor choices last draft and they actually expect to build a winning team from there……..
    WHAT has the Glazers done to even warrant ANY fans to spend money on the BUCS?!!!
    They don’t seem to be willing so why should they expect ANYONE else to!!!!!!!

  16. Nice try Florio. I love how you guess at whats really happening, but in reality you are making shit up! Nice work! We’re laughing at you!

  17. When the owners give up trying to put a quality team on the field how long do they expect the fans to put up with this Bullshit? They’re just lucky fans with bags over their heads are protesting in front of One Buc Place yet.

  18. Not a Dolphins fan but the “Dorkfins”…are you 12 or just incredibly lacking in wit?
    They will not have the Jags long it looks like, they are in the red I am sure. At least TB has a super low payroll, they can survive-it’s like when Culverhouse owned them.

  19. sniperhare says: March 25, 2010 7:17 PM
    The Glazers are siphoning money off of the Bucs to cover that soccer team they own.
    ———————
    I pity the fool.
    You don’t really follow soccer do you ? The Glazers have loaded the club with debt, increasing prices every year and the club was able to make profit only after selling Ronaldo for 80m pounds.

  20. @edgy1957 who wrote:
    Based on what standard? Tampa took a team that was 9-7 and gutted it. I don’t care what city you’re in, when the owner makes no effort to improve the team, you’re going to to turn the fans off. Since winning the Super Bowl, they’ve had 3 winning seasons and 4 losing.
    ————————————————
    Oh boo hoo. The Browns have been moved, sucked, sucked, and sucked some more and we still fill up that stadium every sunday. And quite frankly, we all think we’re going to the super bowl every single season. Like some miracle is going to carry us all the way. And if we ever won a super bowl, they can gut the team all they want and you still won’t be able to buy a seat 100 years later kid.

  21. While the economy has probably kept many people from attending games (in Tampa and everywhere else), it seems like the bigger issue is the perception that the Bucc’s owner isn’t willing to spend the money necessary to field a competitive team. So, why would the fans want spend their hard earned money and get nothing in return?

  22. Magnum @ 8:04:
    “Take some of the Manchester money and put together a winning team ! Is it that hard Glazer?”
    That’s the thing–they can’t. They have over USD1.2 billion in debt financing their purchase of Manchester United.
    They’re going to bankrupt their whole enterprise over a soccer team.
    Get ready for new ownership in about 5 years.
    Three if things don’t start to improve economically.

  23. Comrade Foosball :
    Your comments on the Jags is BS and unfounded. Ticket sales for 2010 are rocking. Why not talk about the other teams living through blackouts….like Oakland?
    You want to see red. Look at what the idiot in Washington is doing to the deficit. We might as well put teams in China as they will own us shortly.

  24. GoBrowns19, You must think that I root for a team in Florida and in the imoortal words of anyone outside of Ohio – WRONG! Hell, the team that I root for puts 20,000 people in a cattle pen in their new stadium and hold the NFL record for attendance.
    You’d have to be a complete moron to believe that the Browns are ever headed to the Super Bowl, given the talent that they’ve had year after year and I know for a fact that there are many of the fans of that team that aren’t that stupid.

  25. @GoBrowns19 who wrote:
    Oh boo hoo. The Browns have been moved, sucked, sucked, and sucked some more and we still fill up that stadium every sunday. And quite frankly, we all think we’re going to the super bowl every single season. Like some miracle is going to carry us all the way. And if we ever won a super bowl, they can gut the team all they want and you still won’t be able to buy a seat 100 years later kid
    ————————————————–
    Thats because you live in F-ing Cleveland…What else are you going to do in the winter months? Stay home and look at you fat pig of wife?

  26. Most teams have trouble selling tickets when they suck. Especially in this economy. This is an opportunity for some Bucs season ticket holders to upgrade their seats.

  27. Throw Rah in the bay said:
    Thats because you live in F-ing Cleveland…What else are you going to do in the winter months? Stay home and look at you fat pig of wife?
    ————————————————-
    Didn’t you just prove my point? Go play on the beach fag. Leave football to the northern states.

  28. What he’s really saying is The Bucs are gonna suck and nobody wants to pay to see a team that sucks.

  29. If the Bucs somehow manage to PHAIL worse than the Jags. That is good news for Jags. The Bucs fans would split up between Miami and Jax, whomever is closest to winning a Super Bowl at the time. Damn bandwagon fans.

  30. Maybe they should just put it up to vote on a referendum. The citizens would probably vote heavily in favor of keeping the Bucs off of the TV.
    Watching them is offensive by most standards.

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