Bucs home opener against Panthers to be blacked out

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If there’s excitement about the dawn of the Greg Schiano era, or an attractive divisional rival coming to town for the opener, it’s not translating into ticket sales in Tampa.

The Buccaneers home opener will be blacked out Sunday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bucs were among the teams willing to reduce the number required to get on local television, electing an 85 percent threshold. They also had a number of promotions to try to get people in the stands, including free parking for some and reduced-price concessions.

They still didn’t make it, after saying earlier this week they were around 9,000 seats short of a “sellout.”

This makes the 14th blackout in the last 16 home games, a streak that extends back to a time when the Bucs were actually good at football.

55 responses to “Bucs home opener against Panthers to be blacked out

  1. I’m not surprised. I had tickets that I couldn’t give away. I’ll be there. Hopefully they can win few games early and that will generate some excitement. Go Bucs!

  2. Raymond James Capacity = 65,900
    “Sellout” = 56,000
    Fell short of a “sellout” by 9,000 means 47,000 tickets sold.
    On the day that Art Modell passed away, Buc fans should face the possibility that the Bucs could be moving. Did they have buccaneers around Southern California at any time? Probably doesn’t matter anyway since Southern California isn’t know as the land of 10,000 lakes and didn’t really have much of a streetcar system when those other teams moved there.

  3. Disgusting. I’ll still be making the drive across I-4 come Sunday morning…at least this way, maybe the traffic west of Lakeland won’t be that bad.

    Just more fuel to the fire for the people who want to (probably rightfully) continue to call for the relocation of seemingly every team in the state.

    Can’t wait to see how many people are in Everbank next week. 30K?

  4. Living in Orlando, I get Bucs and Jags games.

    I couldn’t be happier if both teams were blacked out every week so I could get the CBS and Fox headliner games. It’s really really hard to be an NFL fan in this town.

  5. Is this a blackout with the 90% owner-option or the 100% rule? If it’s 90% and they still can’t sell enough tickets, that’s pretty bad.

  6. Glad most of you don’t live here. The problem lies in the fact that a great majority of the educated professionals who have money due to their education are from “elesewhere”. Before the PSL’s expired and people were forced to go for 10 years, and all the shiny newness wore off and they didn’t renew season tickets, we had sellouts. Simply this if the Steelers or the Packers played 8 games per year at RJS they WOULD sell out…people are not Bucs fans they are fans of another team….NO ONE moves to PITTSBURG or GREENBAY for the weather…..

  7. Owner would move them overseas. Speaking of, do you think it’s fair to force Americans to eventually live overseas if they move a team?

    Just seems like an issue no one has tackled.

  8. I lived in Tampa for a few years and I have to say the fans in Florida crack me up. Thy cry and whine for football, baseball, and hockey. They build stadiums to draw the leagues to put teams there. They refuse to show up to the games. Never going to change.

  9. It is wrong to ridicule the Buc’s fans for not selling out considering the factors involved. A previous comment alluded to the high number of transplants from northern cities, who as many of us know are fans for life to our hometown teams. The economic situation in the country has not treated the South kindly and a market shared with a team just across the state to the east hurts. The NYC area is unique in being able to accomplish a shared fan base successfully. Oakland has struggled in the Bay area and LA failed to hold even one of their teams. Maybe is the ticket prices were more affordable and the team won a few games the fans would show up.

  10. Glad I got season tix! I don’t wanna hear that its too hot, too expensive… Stop your whining and support your team and attend the game. Fair weather fans here sicken me… I don’t want any of you fake fans in our stadium anyway… I will be there Sunday when we beat the Panthers! That’s all that matters to me.

  11. Miami is struggling to sell out as well, people are constantly talking about moving the Jags and 14 out of 16 for the Bucs is pretty scary, so people are talking about moving the Bucs to LA, because they can’t sell out because of the transplants, so they are going to move the team to another city of transplants in LA? Yikes.

  12. The old retirees don’t like to go out in the hot sun. Maybe if they’d put a dome on the stadium it would help increase attendance to the point where the few people who actually care could watch the game on TV.

  13. I just moved to the Tampa area from Wisconsin and I finally understand why warm weather fans are more apathetic. However, if the Packers played here, I would go to every game.

  14. For what it’s worth, The Rays aren’t on solid ground either, before long, the only game left in Tampa might be hockey.

    It’s a shame to see my hometown going through these issues, but it is what it is. The fanbase was the same in the 80’s and 90’s as it is today.

  15. As a Bucs season ticket holder for 18 years, it’s not complicated!! 4-12 last year and a ten game losing streak! Are there a ton of fair weather fans in Tampa, yes!, but, you have to win!! You have to win!! It used to be impossible to get tickets and we used to have 5 future hall of famers and reach the playoffs every year. Keep it simple, 4-12—-10 game losing streak! Is that on schianno (no), is that on v. Jackson, Carl nicks (no), but they have to prove it. The Bucs gave up 40 PTs over and over again and “looked” like a team that quit! You have to earn it on the field and that starts Sunday! In 1997, the Bucs came out and earned it on the field, got wins and the fans came. It will get there again and it will be soon!

  16. Just as a quick addition, before having 14 of 16 games blocked out. The Tampa bay buccaneers sold out the 1st 126 games at Raymond James stadium without “buying” up seats. I know, I was at everyone of those games. This is something new and I would suggest that it was more a disconnect between the community and the coaching staff. I would also say as someone who lives in Orlando, the Bucs use to aggressively try to sell tickets in orlando

  17. First home game of the season, the game is at 4:25 and it’s against Cam Newton and the Panthers. You still only techincally had to sell 85% of your non-premium tickets. Seriously, Tampa that’s bad. And people are saying the Jags should move…

  18. The blackout is because the fans find the owner “disingenuous,” said Shaun King.

    What????

    He must be pretty phony on cap spending even though he spent a lot of money on Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks.

    Let’s face it they Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans don’t care for the team anymore because icons like Derrick Brooks are not there anymore.

    this is a bad Fanbase and just because you lost an iconic figure it doesn’t mean that you should ignore your team even though it can be competitive. These fans are the worst in the NFL and in honor of the recently great, but sadly passed Art Modell the Glazers should leave Tampa the way that he left Cleveland.

    Clevelanders supported the Browns, but no matter how hard the Buccaneers try this area never will. That’s worth the team’s time.

  19. The blackout is because the fans find the owner “disingenuous,” said Shaun King.

    What????

    He must be pretty phony on cap spending even though he spent a lot of money on Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks.

    Let’s face it they Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans don’t care for the team anymore because icons like Derrick Brooks are not there anymore.

    this is a bad Fanbase and just because you lost an iconic figure it doesn’t mean that you should ignore your team even though it can be competitive. These fans are the worst in the NFL and in honor of the recently great, but sadly passed Art Modell the Glazers should leave Tampa the way that he left Cleveland.

    Clevelanders supported the Browns, but no matter how hard the Buccaneers try this area never will. That’s not worth the damn team’s time.

  20. Tampa fans know this season will be all about rebuilding. Watch the Panthers beat them on Sun and you’ll know why.
    It’d be a shame if Tampa moved to L.A. Bucs fans are cool compared to other division rival fans.

  21. I’m driving down from the Atlanta area for the game. Hard core fans will always be there, but the Bucs need to win a few games early and show the fans a real commitment to winning, before the rest will return!

  22. @achap39

    “Can’t wait to see how many people are in Everbank next week. 30K?”

    Where have you been? The Jags averaged about 62k last year, and ticket sales are better this year.

    No blackouts at Everbank in years.

    The NFL is alive and well in Jax. Please don’t bring them up in this conversation.

  23. Love how people that don’t live here can comment on whats going on in Tampa. There are 1500 seats that are $35, rest are well over $100. And to support what? Spend all that so the glazers can sink more $$ into man-u? Bucs wont go anywhere, lease agreement is too sweet for them. They make more $$$ than half the teams. So all you people that dont live in Tampa and wanna comment on Bucs fans, bite me.

  24. bucs team value just went up and surpassed the 1 billion so i dont think the owners are hurting……. give the fans new owners who are committed to the bucs and not european soccer. The Glazers have burnt too many bridges in Tampa.

    ps coaches were turning down the job for a reason

  25. birdsflynorth206 says:Sep 6, 2012 6:34 PM

    Serious question.. Does any of the teams in Florida teams sell out games?
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    Jacksonville: blackout free since 2009

  26. shian11 says:
    Sep 6, 2012 7:52 PM
    The Tampa bay buccaneers sold out the 1st 126 games at Raymond James stadium without “buying” up seats. I know, I was at everyone of those games. This is something new and I would suggest that it was more a disconnect between the community and the coaching staff.
    —————–

    My father had season tickets for Bucs games from 1990-1997. When the new stadium was built and opened, the PSL’s were astronomical (compared to tickets at the old stadium) and people that bought them had to sign an agreement to buy them for 10 years, so, in 2008, those people were off the hook. It’s been widely reported that the Bucs started having blackout scares during the playoff game against the Giants in 2007, and that multiple games during 2008 and beyond would have been blacked out if the Glazers hadn’t bought up all the unsold tickets.

    The season ticket waiting list went from 100,000 to 0 overnight from 2007 to 2008, ironic that the waiting list dissapeared the year the season ticket holders were off the hook.

  27. If the Panthers come into Raymond James Stadium
    this Sunday and use it as their litter box then this problem will not get any better the next following weeks!

  28. Ironically, I heard on Wild 94.1 this morning a couple bucs fans saying ‘they wish the team would relocate.’ A few others called in and they called them fairweather fans, while others took shots at the organization for not televising Ronde Barber’s 200th consecutive start.

    Even with the new black out rule, they still can’t sell out.

    Glad my team doesn’t have to deal with this

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