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New blackout rule doesn’t guarantee all Bucs games will be televised in Tampa

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The good news is that Bucs games will be televised in 2012 if 85 percent of the non-premium tickets are sold at Raymond James Stadium.  The bad news is that the Bucs won’t be televised unless 85 percent of the non-premium tickets are sold at Raymond James Stadium.

The folks at PewterReport.com point out that, based on last year’s ticket sales, two of the seven regular-season games played in Tampa would have been blacked out under the 85-percent minimum — and three others would have just barely met the reduced target.

Games against the Lions and Falcons generated only 77.8 percent and 71 percent capacity, respectively.  Contests against the Saints, Texans, and Panthers saw 85.9 percent, 85.0 percent, and 85.4 percent of the stadium filled, respectively.

If, as it appears, those figures include premium and non-premium seating, there’s a good chance a higher percentage of non-premium seats were filled in each of those games.

Regardless, the point for now is that dropping the minimum from 100 percent to 85 percent guarantees nothing for the Bucs, and that the expectation the games will be televised locally may have to be met via the purchase by the team, local TV affiliates, and/or sponsors of the remaining tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.

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8 Responses to “New blackout rule doesn’t guarantee all Bucs games will be televised in Tampa”
  1. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jul 14, 2012 5:24 PM

    True, but no one believed in the owner’s commitment or the weak head coach. This year there is hope.

  2. i10east says: Jul 14, 2012 5:47 PM

    The Bucs will use the blackout rule to get in about 10,000 fans.

  3. joerevs300 says: Jul 14, 2012 6:42 PM

    The Bucs have promise but come on: In a division with New Orleans (bountgate and all, they are still the best team), Atlanta (who simply needs to figure out how to win a playoff game) and Carolina (resurgent under Cam Newton), they are clearly the #4 team, and the fans have to know it.

    I believe last season they gave up more yards defensively then even their atrocious 1970’s team that went winless. And there’s been so little improvement defensively (if anything, given Talib’s affinity for the cops arresting him, it’s gotten worse), and seeing who they play 6 times, that this is going to improve at all.

    4 or 5 wins isn’t going to inspire 40,000 fans to come and watch.

  4. jonvp1981 says: Jul 14, 2012 7:23 PM

    ill be going to alot more games with the reduced ticket prices, and get to see vincent jackson catch bombs from freeman.

  5. mail2bency says: Jul 14, 2012 8:51 PM

    There are only two home games that could cause some concern: St. Louis and San Diego.

    The other games at Raymond should go over the 85% threshold.

  6. jagsfanugh says: Jul 14, 2012 9:24 PM

    The Bucs just need a defense and Freeman to show how to do it and they are a playoff team.

  7. emma333 says: Jul 14, 2012 10:04 PM

    The Bucs may not achieve 85% for some games in a new beautiful Raymond James stadium, with a capacity of 65,000…..this must mean the Jaguars are going to LA.

  8. adambealyer says: Jul 14, 2012 11:00 PM

    UH OH THE BUCS ARE GOING TO LOS ANGELES YOU GUYS.

    -This coming from a cynical Jaguars fan

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