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Blackout coming: Bucs not even close to Week 1 sellout

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A Week 1 game matching two of the most promising young teams in the NFL will be played before thousands of empty seats and will be blacked out on local television.

The Buccaneers’ home opener against the Lions still has more than 10,000 unsold tickets, and it’s virtually impossible that the Bucs could sell that many tickets by the deadline to lift the blackout, which is a week from now.

That’s a sign that all the young talent that led the Bucs to a surprising 10-6 record last season hasn’t been enough to get the fans excited in Tampa Bay. Last year every game was blacked out, and there’s a good chance every game will be blacked out this year, too.

Of course, if the Buccaneers wanted to, they could buy back all the unsold tickets at 34 percent of face value to get the blackout lifted. By a back-of-the-envelope estimate of 10,000 tickets at $100 each, it would cost the Buccaneers $340,000 to lift the blackout. That’s not much money to the billionaire Glazer family, owners of the Buccaneers — especially considering how much money the Bucs are saving this season by having a payroll that’s nearly $30 million under the salary cap.

And that may be a part of why the local fans aren’t supporting the team: If the Glazers aren’t going to spend money on the Buccaneers, why should the fans?

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64 Responses to “Blackout coming: Bucs not even close to Week 1 sellout”
  1. beastson says: Sep 2, 2011 12:13 PM

    Don’t know who to blame, the owner or the fans. They should either sell the team to someone who cares and isn’t busy running Man U or move the team to LA.

  2. 4evrnyt says: Sep 2, 2011 12:15 PM

    So a team that cant sell out tickets should pay nearly 3 million dollars to buy out all the blacked out games so that…people can stay home and continue to not buy tickets to games?

    I’m pretty sure that’s the opposite of what they want to accomplish.

  3. 4evrnyt says: Sep 2, 2011 12:16 PM

    Just because you are under the salary cap doesn’t mean you have money to spend it just means if you do have it you can use it.

  4. rockpaperscissorzzz says: Sep 2, 2011 12:17 PM

    So true, glazers should think of it as an investment by buying the seats. Once ppl see it on tv, then they will be more likely to come to a game. Sad to see any games blacked out.

  5. Mikey's Movie Blog says: Sep 2, 2011 12:19 PM

    I’d like to see them in Vegas

  6. airraid77 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:21 PM

    They, the glaziers, are not fooling anybody, They looked horrific vs even more horrific opponents last year…..not to mention the first offense has been horrific this preseason….HORRiFIC!

    Now here is the shocking part….
    I do think the glaziers are doing all of this to do exactly what has been suggested……move this team…not to la but london….in the future…….and with no excuses as to why they are not spending gone, IF i am right, why they keep a HC who hasnt made the post season in 3 years, will do even more to confirm that suspicion.

  7. tampajoey says: Sep 2, 2011 12:21 PM

    If the team can buy back the tickets at 34% of face value to lift the blackout, then maybe the BUCS should sell those same tickets to the fans at 34% also. Corporate America has racked the general consuming public over the coals for so long that we no longer have anything left to give or spend.

    So I’ll just watch the other games with my NFL Ticket and stream the blacked out Bucs online for free.

  8. troybulletinboard says: Sep 2, 2011 12:21 PM

    Remember this moment when LA tries to steal your team, Bucs fans. Support them now or stay seated when they’re being stolen away.

  9. illiniftw says: Sep 2, 2011 12:22 PM

    If local people couldn’t watch any of the games how could they get excited?

  10. gdive says: Sep 2, 2011 12:23 PM

    And that may be a part of why the local fans aren’t supporting the team: If the Glazers aren’t going to spend money on the Buccaneers, why should the fans?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    R U kidding? Bucs have a good young team and plenty of cap space. That’s every NFL GM’s dream. Having plenty of cap space is no excuse for not going to the games when…..YOUR TEAM IS GOOD! I’m not a Bucs fan but with the right moves this team could be good for a long time. I wouldn’t blame the Glazers if at some point they run out of patience

  11. jaglife says: Sep 2, 2011 12:23 PM

    Somehow because the Buc’s can’t sell tickets means the Jag’s are moving to LA right?

  12. scudbot says: Sep 2, 2011 12:29 PM

    If the NFL is going to move teams then it ought to be to towns that crave pro football and aren’t dangerous for fans.

  13. slawsc says: Sep 2, 2011 12:29 PM

    What Mikey? No mention of the Jaguars in this article? My god, I just saw a pig with wings fly by my window.

  14. whoisjongalt says: Sep 2, 2011 12:30 PM

    Glazers abuse fans. Take team for granted. Tampa fans love the Bucs, but can only protest cheap owners with their wallets.

    F the cheap Glazers for not giving a damn!

  15. dragynj says: Sep 2, 2011 12:34 PM

    This is less about the product on the field and more about the money in the wallets. The Tampa/Fort Meyers area was hit hard this last 5 years in this economy, cut them some slack. The fact that there are only 10k unsold tix tells you that they still have a loyal following.

    NFL needs to face that it is at it’s peak of popularity. Any moves to expand or over saturate the market will just drive fans like me (who chose NOT to pay $150 to see a game) further away from the stadium.

  16. frugalghidorah says: Sep 2, 2011 12:34 PM

    I don’t blame the Galzers for not buying the remainder but I do blame them for being strange. As a whole they are quite possibly the most social akward and weird group of people on the planet.

  17. paladinvt says: Sep 2, 2011 12:36 PM

    “And that may be a part of why the local fans aren’t supporting the team: If the Glazers aren’t going to spend money on the Buccaneers, why should the fans?”

    That does not make sense. The Bucs were 10-6 last year, but missed the playoffs. That’s a better record than several teams who spent a lot more money. If you’re judging just by the amount of money spent on the team rather than the results obtained, I’d say your priorities are a bit skewed. The Bucs won without spending a lot. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing and if they can keep doing it, that’s also a good thing.

    Besides, the economics of this are simple: the tickets are too expensive. If they represented value, people would buy them, therefore they are too expensive. Finding the market-clearing price is hard, but it’s out there.

  18. jackfnburton says: Sep 2, 2011 12:36 PM

    Wow, and the Bucs are a halfway decent team. Imagine how the Faiders and the Jags are doing. Tough times.

  19. bradygazelle says: Sep 2, 2011 12:37 PM

    They should try $9 tickets like Jacksonville does.

  20. mikejd12 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:48 PM

    Ill tell who you is to blame for this. Its damn TICKETMASTER!!!. I called ticketmaster last year at 9:02 the day the Jaguars tickets went on sale for the eagles game. I was told they were sold out. How does a team that cant anyone to go to there games sell out in 2 minutes. I firmly believe and i have no proof, that ticketmaster has a deal with stub hub and all these alternative sites for tickets. And all these web sites get first crack at all the tickets. And then these alternative sites sell the damn tickets for double the price. Its all a big shakedown. Ticketmaster probably says, ok well give you first crack at all the tickets (because we have to sell them for normal price) you want but we want a certain percentage of what you sell them for. So its a win win for them. There is some shady stuff going down and its bologny. Dont tell me the jags game is sold out in 2 minutes. Thats pure garbage. And honestly if they dont Fix it and tickets remain so expensive black outs will continue to happen and grow. The only teams that will continue to see fans consistantly are the teams with loyal to death fan basis. Steelers,Eagles,Cowboys,Packers etc you guys know who you are

  21. homelanddefense says: Sep 2, 2011 12:55 PM

    this shouldnt be a surprise, the Tampa Rays also have trouble selling tickets, even when they are in contention.

  22. capslockkey says: Sep 2, 2011 12:58 PM

    “And that may be a part of why the local fans aren’t supporting the team: If the Glazers aren’t going to spend money on the Buccaneers, why should the fans?”

    Here’s a reason, they won 10 games last year, are on the rise, and have one of the best and exciting young QBs in the league. Only a complete idiot would refuse to go see a GOOD football team because of their salary cap number.

  23. 4evrnyt says: Sep 2, 2011 1:01 PM

    @tampajoey: If the team can buy back the tickets at 34% of face value to lift the blackout, then maybe the BUCS should sell those same tickets to the fans at 34% also

    —————————————————-

    If you knew that if you waited long enough the tickets would be slashed in price would you ever pay full price again for a ticket? Of course not and neither would anyone else.

    Bottom line, this one is on the fans. The team has a lot to be excited about, they have perfect weather most of the time and they aren’t financially hurting anymore then most any other region in the country so why do their fans stay home when fans in cities with lesser teams and worse conditions sell out their teams games each week?

    Sorry Bucs fans but if you are looking for someone to blame just look in the mirror.

  24. scrappy177 says: Sep 2, 2011 1:01 PM

    living in the bay area, things are tough here. It’s a catch 22. they buy the tickets, have the sellout and we get to see them play on tv. Do this each week, now I dont feel compelled to go to the game. Don’t buy them, we don’t see it on tv, and we all try to figure out financially how to go to a game. A game in person can’t be matched, but if I have to choose to pay bills or go to game…. some choices don’t have to be contemplated.

  25. doowix says: Sep 2, 2011 1:04 PM

    If I lived in the Tampa region, I wouldn’t spend several hundred dollars to watch the Lions dismantle the home team either.

  26. listenupcupcake says: Sep 2, 2011 1:05 PM

    One huge reason why this game is not a sell-out – it is HOT AS HOLY HELL in Tampa Bay right now. There is NO WAY I would sit and bake in Ray-Jay in the early afternoon in September. I’d get heat stroke.

    The Bucs should NEVER have a 1PM home game scheduled before November 1, if possible – until they can air-condition the entire stadium.

    Became a Bucs season tix holder this year, but sold my tix for 9.11. Too darn hot. Not attending a 1 PM game until December. It will still be warm, but it should be bearable by then.

  27. yulinfalcfan says: Sep 2, 2011 1:05 PM

    While I understand the idea of forcing folks to pay to see the game live if they want to see the home game, the NFL teams really needs to rethink the strategy, and the pricing of their tickets. The best way to build home support is allowing the teams to be shown locally. If you only get to see half the games the local team plays, you are not going to build up the support that you’ll get when the home crowd sees all 16.

    Add to that Tampa’s unemployment rate – what is it, like 15%? – and of course they’re struggling to sell out. They need to realize the economy isn’t going to value tickets in the $30 to $40 range, but put it at the $10 to $15 range so that they can get butts in the seats. As well as get the local support.

  28. 4evrnyt says: Sep 2, 2011 1:07 PM

    Even the Raiders manage to sell out a couple home games each year and their fans have every reason in the world to stay home; lousy team, lousy stadium and a lousy owner so you know it’s not going to change anytime soon.

    But yet when a 10-6 team with a young strong nucleus and an up and coming QB cant sell out, it’s the owners fault for being cheap??

    I used to think Raider fans were some of the dumbest in the league but Bucs fans I think are trying to make a run at the title.

  29. drunkenagitator says: Sep 2, 2011 1:10 PM

    The blackout rule doesn’t create more demand for tickets, it actually erodes the local fan base even more. Why should local fans without the means to attend the games be punished because demand for tickets is low? The NFL needs to get away from Direct TV and start offering every game on a pay-per-view basis instead.

  30. dafranchize says: Sep 2, 2011 1:12 PM

    Jesus, even the Rams who went 7-9 last year didn’t have a single blacked out game and during their 1-15 season in 2009 they only had 1.

    But in all honesty who is surprised, this is the same city that couldn’t sell out American League Champioship Series tickets when the Rays were on their way to the World Series.

    Funny how the writers continue their assault on fans of the Vikings, Rams, Bills, etc. when at the very least we show up when the team is some what competitive. Being $30 million under the cap is a disgrace and basically says Glazer doesn’t care of the team goes 5-11 or 11-5.

    Terrible sports towns will always be terrible sports towns.

  31. hellshire says: Sep 2, 2011 1:13 PM

    Please leave Tampa alone. You all have no idea how the city would be devastated if the Bucs move. I am from there but i live in LA. I dont think any city should lose their team. LA doesnt deserve a team if another city has to suffer, its not right. Tampa is a hidden gem of a city, nice people, nice beaches, nice homes, but is suffering greatly in this economy with a lack of jobs. I fear for them if the Bucs are moved. Glazer rolled into town and made us buy that stadium for him. Glazer is the problem, Goodell is the other part of the problem. Not the innocent people of Tampa…

  32. marshb13 says: Sep 2, 2011 1:20 PM

    as a jags season ticket holder i wish there was 9$ tickets. where did you get that lie from

  33. skins4343 says: Sep 2, 2011 1:22 PM

    before you jump all over the fans let me fill you in on a little. They lowered their ticket prices only to bump all of the concessions. And the first preseason game they ran out of food by halftime, then against the dolphins I had to buy a soda with no ice because why? they were out, then they ran out of food again by halftime. The glazers are just like culverhouse, give me the TV deal and I will spend as little as possible! So hold up on your thoughts geniuses

  34. tbswarm says: Sep 2, 2011 1:25 PM

    A big factor is this is that local businesses are not purchasing tickets to give away to their employee’s / partners.

    This was a major source of ticket sales in the bay area and since the economy everyone has cut back on extra spending.

    If I were the Glazers I would just cut all the ticket prices by say 20%, wouldn’t a full stadium at a discount bring in more $$ than a 75% filled one at full price? Just assuming here.

  35. sportsinhd says: Sep 2, 2011 1:31 PM

    mikejd12-Ticketmaster owns a lot of those secondary sites for tickets. Stub Hub is owned by Ticketmaster, and must see games seem to go directly to the secondary ticket market (Stub Hub). Try being a Steeler fan, it’s the game guaranteed to sell out no matter the market, and the moment tickets go on sale there are none available.

    Also, I thought the Bucs sold out their game versus the Steelers last year?

  36. seneca1ss says: Sep 2, 2011 1:38 PM

    Screw the entire Glazer Family (cheapest owners in NFL last 5 years) but they spend $ at all costs for Manchester United

    conflict of interest here!!!

  37. deucedropper says: Sep 2, 2011 1:51 PM

    London Calling…

  38. jagsdaddy says: Sep 2, 2011 1:51 PM

    bradygazelle says: “I’m an Idot !”

    The cheapest Jaguars tickets are $30 each …that is if you buy a season ticket package and sit in corners of upper deck.

    Otherwise cheapest Jaguars tickets are $50-$55.

    Stay stupid.

  39. wizahdry says: Sep 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    Us Tampa fans are just like the Glazers….Thrifty. We’ll spend when they spend. Besides..TV revenue is where the bread is buttered. Tickets don’t make that much money compared to ad revenue and merchandise.

  40. luckyarmpit says: Sep 2, 2011 2:34 PM

    It’s pretty simple why the Bucs, Jags, etc., are facing blackouts. Add up what it costs to go to a pro NFL game vs. staying home, and it’s no wonder that teams are struggling to sell tickets:

    Ticket – $100
    Parking – $10
    Tank of gas – $60
    Food for tailgate party – $20
    Stadium hot dog – $4
    Stadium beer – $7.50
    Total cost – $201.50

    When you can watch the game in the comfort of your home on your HDTV, eat/drink the free food/beer in your fridge, why would you pay that kind of money to watch a game live? Are team owners really that dense about the economic situation around them?

    You want more people in your stadium? Lower prices to where it’s affordable for more people to come enjoy a live game.

  41. shackdelrio says: Sep 2, 2011 2:42 PM

    “bradygazelle says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:37 PM
    They should try $9 tickets like Jacksonville does.”

    Liar

  42. Richard Dickson says: Sep 2, 2011 2:49 PM

    It seems to me that fans are upset that the cap space wasn’t spent on bringing in every free agent with a recognizable name, regardless as to whether those names were a) actually going to prove useful to the team and b) actually worth the money to be spent on them.

    And what irks me is that the same fans who are screaming about why we don’t spend money would have been the first to scream if we’d spent the money and been in cap hell and unable to resign any of our young players in a few years.

  43. woodyg says: Sep 2, 2011 3:25 PM

    Both the Lions & Bucs have got to be the two most overrated teams heading into the season …..

    Just think how MT the stadium would be if this were the last game of the season with the 5-10 Bucs facing the 4-11 Lions …….

  44. grogansheroes says: Sep 2, 2011 3:54 PM

    luckyarmpit says:
    Sep 2, 2011 2:34 PM
    It’s pretty simple why the Bucs, Jags, etc., are facing blackouts. Add up what it costs to go to a pro NFL game vs. staying home, and it’s no wonder that teams are struggling to sell tickets:

    Ticket – $100
    Parking – $10
    Tank of gas – $60
    Food for tailgate party – $20
    Stadium hot dog – $4
    Stadium beer – $7.50
    Total cost – $201.50
    ______________________________
    Here in New England, parking is $40. and a bottle of water in the stadium is $7.50.

  45. bucwild05 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:56 PM

    luckyarmpit says:

    Ticket – $100
    Parking – $10
    Tank of gas – $60
    Food for tailgate party – $20
    Stadium hot dog – $4
    Stadium beer – $7.50
    Total cost – $201.50

    watching your favorate team….. Priceless!

  46. bucwild05 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:07 PM

    Let me get this straight…. The Buccaneers have a total of 7 games this year at home…. and they can’t sell out even one?

    The have the Lions, Falcons, Colts, Saints Texans, Panthers, and Cowboys coming to Tampa.

    I live in Nashville, and have already purchased my 4 front row tickets to the Bucs Game. I also bought tickets to go to the Bucs home game against the Colts. I am not rich, but, I budget every year to go to at least one game, and I travel over 12 hours to get there.

    As for the fans that complain about the heat… are you kidding me? Try being one of those players with no fan support running up and down the field with full gear and a helmet on? I love my Buccaneers, however, it’s no wonder that there’s talk about them moving. Every place has a bad economy. I don’t want to hear anything about it. Try going to Detroit…. you don’t hear of them on the black out list.

    New Orleans sold out their games, even after their homes got washed away, and they were left with nothing. Sorry Bucs Fans, not on your side on this one.

  47. freemantowilliams says: Sep 2, 2011 5:30 PM

    For all you people bashing us Tampa fans hear my story. I am a 24 year old male and die hard Bucs fan. I have lived in Tampa my entire life & have always loved my bucs. Thats right even back in the worse jerseys in the league days (Horrible teams i might add).I make about $40k a year. Now listen here, after paying rent, car insurance (FL CAR INS!!!), gas, electric bill, food etc. you know the basics, I cant afford to take myself to a game. Now yeah i could buy $40 dollar tickets & sit right next to the sun, drinking my warm beer that cost me half the price of a 12 pack. OR I could enjoy the game in the comfort of my home via streaming website along with cheap beer & food. Money is just to tight to drop 150 bucks for a game. Were broke here right now. If I was makin 40k back in lets say…. 98′ I’d have season tix right now!!!

  48. terrellblowens says: Sep 2, 2011 5:40 PM

    Fans in places like Tampa Bay just suck. I’m not saying all fans do; there are quite a few die hards. The problem is that those are the only people buying tickets. The Rays have poor fan attendance and they actually were legitimate title contenders not long ago. The Bucs won’t garner much more interest, either. Tampa is just not a great market for a sports team… regardless of how surprisingly talented the Bucs are as a team

  49. granadafan says: Sep 2, 2011 6:32 PM

    You pay only $7.50 for a beer? At Dodgers games a 3% domestic light beer is over $11. Eff you, Frank McCourt!

    To make this football related, as an LA resident I would love to have a NFL team, but not at the expense of another city. I lived in the Bay Area when Skeletor tore the team out of Oakland to LA. The rage there was incredible. When he moved the team BACK to Oakland the fans in LA were pissed. Now the Oakland and Alameda County residents who had their taxes raised to pay for a billionaire’s stadium wish he would go away permanently.

  50. honolulubluekoolaid says: Sep 2, 2011 8:43 PM

    Damn shame, the bucs are a good young team. As a Lions fan I was hoping the ” seems like” annual Detroit-Tampa game would become a game similar to patriots-colts in the near future. If the Lions won 10 games this year, they would definitely sell-out every game next year. They will sell out most of the games this year after 6 wins. Our economy up here is bad too, but our tickets are more affordable. Tampa deserves better. I love the Tampa area and hope it rebounds, but they have to charge less for tickets so that hard working fans can get tix.

  51. JC De La Torre says: Sep 2, 2011 10:40 PM

    First – It’s the Lions. No one wants to see the Lions. Yes, we know the Lions fans are all in a tizzy because they think their team is worth something this year but they’re going to be in for a big reality check come Sept. 11th.

    Second – Just stop this “The Bucs are moving” nonsense because you’re just showing your ignorance. The Glazers have one of the best, most lucrative leases in the National Football League. No city, not even LA would have bent over and taken it from the team like the city of Tampa did for Raymond James Stadium. Not only to the Glazers make a mint off the Bucs – they also make a mint of ANY event in the Stadium. USF games, the Outback Bowl…tractor pulls, whatever is there is money in the bank.

    Third – before the economy dropped in the crapper, the Buccaneers had 10 consecutive years of sell outs and a 10,000 seat waiting list for tickets. Perhaps the nation high unemployment level (which by the way is still high) had something to do with it….and don’t give me the “Oh they’re unemployed in Detroit, too” bs because they have a population of 5 million – I think they can find 70,000 or so saps to go see the Lions disappoint. Tampa only has a population of 335,000 (2 mill if include the surrounding counties)- most of which who are under or unemployed.

  52. staffordsyear says: Sep 3, 2011 5:03 AM

    @ jc de la torre

    Sounds like somebody’s still bitter that the lions took ya out of the playoffs last year? Ha! Goin down week 1 too!

  53. 504in860 says: Sep 3, 2011 6:49 AM

    JC De La Torre says:
    Sep 2, 2011 10:40 PM
    First – It’s the Lions. No one wants to see the Lions. Yes, we know the Lions fans are all in a tizzy because they think their team is worth something this year but they’re going to be in for a big reality check come Sept. 11th.
    ———————————————-

    You can say the same exact thing about the Bucs.

  54. relaxitsmax says: Sep 3, 2011 8:55 AM

    I love how people think ANY team will move to LA. LA is a terrible place for sports teams, because the only one the locals really care about are the Lakers.

  55. kingmj4891 says: Sep 3, 2011 9:06 AM

    Why pay to see your team lose?

    Bucs got lucky in alot of games last year, and that won’t happen again.

    2011 Bucs 4-12 just one game ahead of the panthers in the NFC South.

  56. CKL says: Sep 3, 2011 1:25 PM

    granadafan says: Sep 2, 2011 6:32 PM

    You pay only $7.50 for a beer? At Dodgers games a 3% domestic light beer is over $11. Eff you, Frank McCourt!
    _____________________________________
    $11 for a cup of pisswater beer????? If I were a salesman, I would grab the names & #s of every single one of those obviously filthy rich people as they walked away from the concession stand with beers in hand knowing I’m not going to get any easier marks to swindle than they.

    If I were an owner I would probably try to do some creative marketing where I offered a “family pack” of say 4 tickets which included a hot dog or hamburger, fries and a drink for 4 people for a reasonable deal or something. Usually the worse the economy is the more people need some entertainment to help distract them a bit. Help make it possible, owners of the NFL. Yes ticket prices alone aren’t the sole reason people don’t go to the stadiums, I get that. I also get that they make their money mostly on TV rights. But they need to keep interest high in attending their games or that could force a ripple effect they DON’T want.

  57. lioncrazy says: Sep 3, 2011 1:43 PM

    The concept of the Blackout is so out of date with the venues of watching the game. I can watch any game I want on the internet. Besides, I would think they could change to some sort of local commercialization to aid in lost ticket sales. If the locals can’t watch you lose possible viewers. Need to keep the product in front of the fans some how.

  58. tbf22 says: Sep 3, 2011 6:17 PM

    Buc fan here, I got tickets to 2 games already, week 2 and week 11… where’s the rest of my fellow Buc fans at?

  59. staffordsyear says: Sep 3, 2011 9:10 PM

    Week 2 and week 11? geez no wonder they blackout. lions 1-0 bucs 0-1.

  60. dewalt2990 says: Sep 3, 2011 10:08 PM

    Bucs fans know whats up…their team is not entertaining. They beat bad opponents, the Lions were the only team with a losing record to beat them. And most every team with a winning record beat the Bucs. What you see is what you get with Tampa, nothing more.

  61. keetoosya says: Sep 4, 2011 3:39 PM

    I had lived in Tampa for the last 25 years and have seen the ups and downs of the area/economy. Prices have more than tripled for utilities/mortgage/rent/ FOOD, gasoline/ Medical.
    Companies have come and gone/bankrupt, etc.

    Many people worked for good companies and made a decent living during this time, but times have changed. The Good paying jobs are no longer in the area. ( This why is why I moved back to Pittsburgh)

    There are no more jobs that have normal pensions, (except a 401K that loses more money than they make)

    Athletes salaries have jumped 3000% in the last 25 years but the normal person trying to survive and keep food on their table to feed their kids are making the same salaries as they did in the 1980’s.

    How can anyone ask people to pay an outrageous price for tickets/ parking/concessions when they are struggling to make ends meet at home?

    You can’t blame the people, because there are MANY people who would LOVE to be sitting in that stadium!!!
    You have to blame Corporate America and the rising prices to feed the millionaire athletes and billionaire owners because these people don’t know when enough money is enough!!!
    They have priced the every day fan out of the stadiums!!!!!

    I don’t know about some of you people but I would rather feed my child than I would a millionaire athlete any day! And anyone who disagrees with me never had to struggle for anything in their lives… most of us wasn’t born with a gold spoon in our mouths!!!

  62. keetoosya says: Sep 4, 2011 3:47 PM

    I had lived in Tampa for the last 25 years and have seen the ups and downs of the area/economy. Prices have more than tripled for utilities/mortgage/rent/ FOOD, gasoline/ Medical.
    Companies have come and gone/bankrupt, etc.

    Many people worked for good companies and made a decent living during this time, but times have changed. The Good paying jobs are no longer in the area. ( This is why I moved back to Pittsburgh)

    There are no more jobs that have normal pensions, (except a 401K that loses more money than they make)

    Athletes salaries have jumped 3000% in the last 25 years but the normal person trying to survive and keep food on their table to feed their kids are making the same salaries as they did in the 1980’s.

    How can anyone ask people to pay an outrageous price for tickets/ parking/concessions when they are struggling to make ends meet at home?

    You can’t blame the people, because there are MANY people who would LOVE to be sitting in that stadium!!!
    You have to blame Corporate America and the rising prices to feed the millionaire athletes and billionaire owners because these people don’t know when enough money is enough!!!
    They have priced the every day fan out of the stadiums!!!!!

    I don’t know about some of you people but I would rather feed my child than I would a millionaire athlete any day! And anyone who disagrees with me never had to struggle for anything in their lives… most of us wasn’t born with a gold spoon in our mouths!!!

  63. bcar1023 says: Sep 5, 2011 9:56 AM

    Did someone fart? No, that was woodyg commenting again. Carry on….

  64. adam84a says: Sep 5, 2011 9:26 PM

    I’ll be there at Ray Jay, but I would love for the game to be on TV. I get a kick out of everyone freaking out about games being blacked out. I grew up in Tampa and Detroit and I never remember either of those teams having televised home games until the Bucs started turning around in the late 90s. The world didn’t end and the Bucs didn’t move then, and I’m quite confident neither will happen now.

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