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Bucs may be only Week 1 blackout

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all but thrown in the towel on selling enough tickets to avoid a local television blackout of their Week 1 home game against the Lions. But while the Bucs’ game will be blacked out, the NFL is close to having every other Week 1 game on local TV.

In Jacksonville, the Jaguars are still 7,000 tickets away from a sellout, which would appear to make a Week 1 blackout likely. But Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports that the Jaguars plan to lift the blackout for the opener, presumably meaning they’ll take advantage of the NFL rule that allows the team to buy each unsold ticket at 34 percent of face value. So even though the Jaguars will be playing in front of thousands of empty seats, they’ll also be playing in front of local fans watching from home.

The Chargers announced today that 1,800 general tickets remain unsold for their game on Sunday. That’s close enough that they’ll likely manage to sell out before the blackout deadline, or at least find a corporate sponsor willing to pick up whatever unsold tickets remain.

The Dolphins haven’t sold out Week 1 against the Patriots yet, but they’re expected to get the blackout lifted for their Monday Night Football opener. Week 2 is another story, however: That game is likely to be blacked out in Miami.

In St. Louis, only about 700 to 800 tickets remain for the Rams’ opener against the Eagles, and a sellout appears likely.

Many teams have already sold out Week 1, and the rest of the teams opening at home appear to be in good shape when it comes to ticket sales. So it’s looking like the only Week 1 blackout will be in Tampa Bay. In a lousy economy and after an offseason in which the lockout disrupted ticket sales, the NFL will take that.

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26 Responses to “Bucs may be only Week 1 blackout”
  1. cured76 says: Sep 6, 2011 5:24 PM

    Jags playing in empty seats will be a recurring theme for years, especially after the door to LA closes on them. Perhaps they can trade for Tebow like a bunch of knuckleheads thought they should have done when they passed on him in the draft.

  2. dasmol says: Sep 6, 2011 5:39 PM

    Good thing Oakland opens in Denver, or they’d be on your list as well.

  3. ampats says: Sep 6, 2011 5:58 PM

    A 10-6 team on the cusp of the playoffs cannot sell out in a major city like Tampa. SAD !

    And save the BS about the other things to do in Tampa because many TB fans are fair weather/bandwagon fans as the ticket sales show. There are only 8 home games a year not including preseason and “playoffs”

  4. ppdoc13 says: Sep 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    The problem for the NFL is that tix have become so expensive and the experience on TV so good that most people say screw it. I still go to all the ravens games but when December hits I’m not always happy about it. If I had to do it all over, I would just get directv. Mark my words the day of total pay for view 4 the NFL is closer than we all think

  5. lgbarn says: Sep 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    ampats says:
    Sep 6, 2011 5:58 PM
    A 10-6 team on the cusp of the playoffs cannot sell out in a major city like Tampa. SAD !

    And save the BS about the other things to do in Tampa because many TB fans are fair weather/bandwagon fans as the ticket sales show. There are only 8 home games a year not including preseason and “playoffs”

    ————————————————–

    Not a fairweather fan at all. Many of us absolutely love the Bucs. Fact is, the economy sucks right now with unemployment here way above the national average. Many people, including myself can’t afford to go anymore. The other factor is that companies used to give tickets away to people as part of doing business (I went to many games that way) and now they are not doing it.

  6. gman41 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:10 PM

    Not a fairweather fan at all. Many of us absolutely love the Bucs. Fact is, the economy sucks right now with unemployment here way above the national average. Many people, including myself can’t afford to go anymore. The other factor is that companies used to give tickets away to people as part of doing business (I went to many games that way) and now they are not doing it.

    Michigan has a very high unemployment rate as well. The Lions only had 2 blackouts last year I believe. Pretty sure they will have none this year.

  7. zamco17 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:16 PM

    The bucs are a young team with a lot of promising talent. Get out there Tampa and watch em.

  8. dewalt2990 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:19 PM

    Bucs fans know theyre gonna lose, lol.

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 6, 2011 7:20 PM

    @ppdoc13 – “Mark my words the day of total pay for view 4 the NFL is closer than we all think”

    I marked em down, and I’ll use it for laughing material every morning when I wake up. PPV NFL games would destroy their billions of dollars in sponsorships.

  10. bucforever says: Sep 6, 2011 7:20 PM

    The Glazers should buy the remaining tickets for week one as tribute to the memory of the late great #63 Lee Roy Selmon. Along with 9/11, his life and many contributions to will be remembered before the game. It is sad that many fans [ myself included ] will be unable to see it except as a rerun.

  11. Slim Charles says: Sep 6, 2011 7:55 PM

    Wait, so the seats are gonna go empty even after they’re bought? Cant the Bucs give them to underprivileged kids or the military? I’ll bet a lot of those people would love to check out a game.

  12. cheezysmegma says: Sep 6, 2011 8:06 PM

    Try the “London Buccaneers” on for size! As long as all the London Sunday home games were 1300 EST kickoffs (early evening London time), and the visiting team had a bye the following week, I doubt many NFL owners would have a problem with the relocation.

    My only problem is the renaming of the NFL Shoppe.

  13. cheezysmegma says: Sep 6, 2011 8:22 PM

    Why the Arrowhead photo? Only one non-sellout there since 1991. In KC, it will have to be the tomahawk choppe from here on out.

  14. emma333 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:29 PM

    I find it interesting that the article ends blaming the Tampa blackout on the economy… I get used to reading about possible Jacksonville blackouts, and there is always a snide remark at the conclusion…Still, I think the NFL should lift ALL blackouts on this occasion.

  15. mavajo says: Sep 6, 2011 8:43 PM

    This is a shame. The Bucs are one of the best young teams in the NFL.

  16. recon163 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:02 PM

    @ emma333:

    “I find it interesting that the article ends blaming the Tampa blackout on the economy… I get used to reading about possible Jacksonville blackouts, and there is always a snide remark at the conclusion”

    You are right. They should add the snide remark as J’Ville didn’t really avoid a blackout with actual paying customers.

  17. henrykissingerisgod says: Sep 6, 2011 9:48 PM

    There will be a lot of blackouts in Pittsburgh this Sunday

  18. simplesimon1 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:01 PM

    Pathetic… blame the economy, blame the Glazers, blame whatever you want. A football team, not to mention a good one, is in your backyard, and you want to blame everything but yourselves for not supporting your team. Brutal….There are many spots in the country hit much worse and people show up. Good lord, people showed up when they were broke and beat up after Katrina….People even showed up in Detroit during an 0-16 season….Get it together

    For the people that really can’t afford tickets to support the team, not an issue. That is understandable. But you all are completely deceiving yourselves if you think that’s the reason it’s not sold out. If the game was in Detroit, it would be and the economy in Detroit is much worse.

    If the Bucs can’t sell out a game like this, a revenge game against another up and coming team, a year after going 10-6, and on the Sept 11th 10 year anniversary none the less, they don’t deserve their team.

  19. emma333 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:07 PM

    @recon163 you missed the point….Jacksonville gets snide remarks when blackouts occur…other teams it’s because of the economy. You can’t have it both ways…

  20. cotts1 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:26 PM

    Its probably better this way… Now Bucs fans won’t have to watch Freeman get slaughtered by LIONS!!

  21. seneca1ss says: Sep 6, 2011 10:30 PM

    The Glazer Family’s #1 concern is Manchester United soccer. and now the Bucs are playing in England again (2 out of 3 years)

    Conflict of Interest here………

  22. enuggs says: Sep 6, 2011 10:34 PM

    who wants alot of little hobo kids and people dressed in camo standing out in the driveway everyday waiting for handouts.

    Personally I’d rather pay 10 bucks a game to sit around at home then waiting for enough yuppies to buy up PSL’s so they can buy tickets or people with strong enough nerves to drive through a snowstorm to sit in the middle of a windtunnel on top of an iceblock so the game doesnt get blacked out.

    leave it free on tv i dont care i just want the option.

  23. recon163 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:45 AM

    @ emma333:

    “@recon163 you missed the point….Jacksonville gets snide remarks when blackouts occur…other teams it’s because of the economy. You can’t have it both ways…”

    No you missed my point. This story lacked for a snide remark and one should be added, because it is well deserved.

  24. dolphincritic says: Sep 7, 2011 7:59 AM

    I hate to ask you folks to read something other than the sports section, but about half of America’s workers are either out of work or fighting some illegal alien for a job at McDonald’s. Jacksonville and Tampa have been hard hit. In addition, attending games isn’t any cheaper. The wife and I spend about $300.00 per game and we don’t drink alcohol.

    Quite a few people have to use food stamps and are running out of unemployment insurance payments. Let’s see, should we be good fans and give our money to the rich guys or buy the kids school clothes? Dentist bill or Buc’s; which is it? Maybe the rich guy could give those tickets away to the poor people who used to have a job and come to the games!

  25. bucsfan1188 says: Sep 8, 2011 9:51 PM

    The real reason behind the Tampa Area teams not selling out( this is also a problem with the Rays and Lightning) is there are so many “fake” fans in the area. What I mean by “fake” fans are all of the Boston, New York, Pittsburg and so on fans that claim these teams because their great grandfather on their wife’s side was from one of those cities.

    There are tons of implanted fans here that have been here for generations yet still refuse to call the home team “their” team until one of them makes it to the playoffs.

  26. south1park1cows says: Sep 22, 2011 9:10 PM

    As of the middle of August the Bucs were second in the league at 30 mil under the cap. At 34 cents on the dollar to buy up the tickets, the estimate I hear is around 250 K . Sure,it is not my money but it sounds like a small price to pay to try to rebuild your fan base that hasn’t recovered from the gutting of the players that were synonomous with the Bucs over the years.
    You can keep Gabbert and Newton and Dalton and Stafford. The Bucs have the best young QB and nobody gets to see him!!!!!
    And as far as relocating, I don’t see it. I think that the NFL would want a steady tenant in one of their primo Super Bowl locations and not turn RayJay into a concert and tractor pull venue!!!!!

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