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Bucs announce blackout is lifted for Saints game

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Well, it finally happened.

The Buccaneers have sold enough tickets to allow their NFC South showdown against the Saints to be televised locally.

“We’re pleased to have reached the 85 percent of general admission seats needed for local broadcast of this Sunday’s game versus the New Orleans Saints, which leaves us with the remaining 15 percent of tickets — starting at $30 — available for this exciting divisional showdown,” said Bucs Vice President of Business Administration Brian Ford.

Since the team opted to take full advantage of the new relaxed blackout rule, dropping their minimum from 100 percent of all non-premium seats to 85, they’ll be required to share on a 50-50 basis all revenue from the extra ticket sales with the league.  But it’s a small price to pay for the ability to get a game on local TV without having to comply with the insurmountable task (for the Bucs) of selling all non-premium tickets.

It’s the first non-blackout of the year for the 2-3 Bucs.  If they can keep winning, perhaps there surely will be more.

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34 Responses to “Bucs announce blackout is lifted for Saints game”
  1. nolahxc says: Oct 18, 2012 1:12 PM

    We enjoy traveling to Tampa every year for another Saints home game. (Too bad our record there doesn’t reflect that ::frowny face::)

  2. flavordave says: Oct 18, 2012 1:13 PM

    As a whole, the fans of Tampa are frauds. Fair weather frauds. It’s fans like those that make me respect Bears, Browns, Chiefs, Bills, Eagles, Seattle fans. They don’t wait for things to turn good to show up

  3. shackdelrio says: Oct 18, 2012 1:13 PM

    “It’s the first non-blackout of the year for the 2-3 Bucs. If they can keep winning, perhaps there surely will be more.”

    Based on what? They went 10-6 in 2010 and had every home game blacked out.

  4. kellij666 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:14 PM

    must be all those who dats travelling to tampa. who dat baby!!!!!

  5. alanmathieu says: Oct 18, 2012 1:19 PM

    Thanks to the Saints fans the city of Tampa gets to watch there beloved team.

  6. sb44champs says: Oct 18, 2012 1:28 PM

    Its not going to change the outcome though…
    Saints over Bucs

  7. briandorry55 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    @flavordave

    In a lot of ways you are right…and I too have a lot of respect for the fan bases that you just mentioned…

    However, like myself, there are many any-weather, diehard fans in Tampa that are just as true as any other fan in any other city. Don’t lump us all together because we live in a city with little money, little tradition, and little sense of community.

  8. flavordave says: Oct 18, 2012 1:33 PM

    Go support your team Tampa frauds. Get out those thunderstix,foam fingers, and Alstott jerseys. Frauds.

  9. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 18, 2012 1:37 PM

    Bucs’ fans need to be commended.

    The only way to send a clear message to the team that it’s not going in the right direction is to boycott home games.

  10. skolvikings2011 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:40 PM

    They must have lowered the threshold to 30%.

  11. smokingconch says: Oct 18, 2012 1:52 PM

    To everyone calling out the Tampa fans, I’m guessing you’ve never spent an afternoon in the summer Florida sun. The games will sell out as it cools down. Relax

  12. pb420 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:54 PM

    @flavordave

    So sorry the Bucs peed in your cheerios. Looks like they’re getting in position to do it again by the sound of your ridiculous rant. Go pound sand buddy and know that Bucs’ fans are enjoying the resurgence!!

  13. gogatorsjohn says: Oct 18, 2012 1:57 PM

    Thank you Saints fans for showing up. And to all those Tampa Fraud comments, you would be turned off by your team (owners) as well if your team owners spent the least amount on Free Agency since ’04 before this last off season. And also, going cheap hiring a no-experienced Head Coach previously from a coach who had won the Super Bowl. OH, and sending your team to England to play. Ever since the Glazers bought Manchester United they have been tight on spending with the Bucs-until last season. They realized their treatment and lack of focus was turning the fans away from supporting the team. So once again thank you Saint Fans for buying tickets. It’s going to take more time AND wins before the fan base invests in a team that the Owners have been neglecting for awhile.

  14. bucfansouthtampa says: Oct 18, 2012 2:09 PM

    What makes it even better is that it is a throw back game this weekend. So get ready for some creamsicle jerseys on the players and the fans.
    Bucs over Saints 38-17

  15. tatatoothy says: Oct 18, 2012 2:20 PM

    Tampa Bay’s cheerleaders are some of the best in the league. I’d buy a seat to watch them!

  16. baloneyjohn says: Oct 18, 2012 2:28 PM

    Freeman isn’t the QB they thought he would be. Bucs lose another in the heat and humidity of Tampa

  17. 1bucfan813 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:42 PM

    There must be a lot of Saints coming to town. I know when we go to the game you will here more saints. So disappointed in our fan base. We have a great baseball team and we can even get 50% capacity. So its not about winning, its the laziness of our fan base that we cant fill the seats.

  18. ballboy48 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:46 PM

    You can’t blame the weather, because you have teams like the Browns that sell out games when it is -15 outside. You can’t blame the economy, because you have cities like Cleveland that are in the same boat. You can however blame you’re owner for way overpriced tickets. Maybe if he lowered ticket prices, people would show up!

  19. jbos2012 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:48 PM

    flavordave says:
    Oct 18, 2012 1:13 PM
    As a whole, the fans of Tampa are frauds. Fair weather frauds. It’s fans like those that make me respect Bears, Browns, Chiefs, Bills, Eagles, Seattle fans. They don’t wait for things to turn good to show up

    What qualifies you as an expert on Tampa fans? Have you ever even been to Tampa? I know many Tampa fans that have been fans through thick and thin. I am one of those. I think that Tampa fans as a whole are not frauds. The frauds are the people who move here from other states, but refuse to adopt any type of hometown team. Instead they wear their Yankees jerseys to Rays games or only go to the Bucs games when their teams from up north come here to play. I grew up in Tampa, have been a Bucs fan my whole life, and I have season tickets. No fraud here. If the implants would embrace their new home town and support the local teams then the Bucs fan base would be much larger.

  20. flavordave says: Oct 18, 2012 2:49 PM

    @ph420 I’m not even a fan in your division nor would I be worried if I was. You guys are frauds. Whether its football, hockey, or baseball. Wasnt it Longoria that wanted to know where the fans were in the World Series? your own team players call you guys out for being frauds. My argument is far superior to your unimaginative rant. Now go get ur Album Harper Jersey in your closet that youre too cheap to replace

  21. raidmagic says: Oct 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    You couldn’t give me tickets to go support that team. The owners are horrible and I refuse to support them. As for the fraud fan comments I didn’t go when they were selling all the games out so I’m sure not going to now. With Fl. being a target for transplants it only makes since there will be fans of other teams here. There are very few like me around here, born and raised.

  22. johnmaddenslovechild says: Oct 18, 2012 3:05 PM

    Shut your mouth haters.. At least we have a Super Bowl in the last 10 years for one and two sorry your teams games get sold out from dudes that live in mommys basement.. If they didbt make it so comfortable staying at home in the a/c instead of sitting in 110 degree field conditions, i would go to as many games as I could but with the way gas and prices are in general it’s hard out there for pimp. I’m still a season ticket holder but if work calls I’m paying my bills and watching it afterwards. Blames dvrs and my comfortable couch.

  23. btintampa says: Oct 18, 2012 3:11 PM

    flavordave,

    You have issues – I suggest professional help. Alternatively, you could come to Florida, spend some time in the ocean, and let that wonderful salt water leach all the toxins out of your blood. It is putting you in a bad way. After some time in the Gulf (or the East coast) you’ll be wearing a smile instead of a frown.

    Cheers, mate.

  24. murphintampa says: Oct 18, 2012 3:12 PM

    Bucs fans like to rip on Northern transplants who continue to root for the team from the place they grew up in. Tell me, Tampa natives, if you had a job offer in New York or Chicago and moved there, would you just drop the Bucs like a bad habit and start rooting for the Bears or Giants? When the Bucs came to town, would you put on an Urlacher or Manning jersey and root against the Bucs?

  25. bucfansouthtampa says: Oct 18, 2012 3:14 PM

    It looks like I-10 and I-75 will be filled with Delta 88′s and 1984 Chevy Trucks with retread tires.
    Tampa Bay Times even has a story that Joe Redner is bringing in dancers with missing teeth to make the Saints fans feel at home. Also, Popeyes is going to 24 hours shifts over the weekend, just to make sure.

  26. jbos2012 says: Oct 18, 2012 3:47 PM

    murphintampa says:
    Oct 18, 2012 3:12 PM
    Bucs fans like to rip on Northern transplants who continue to root for the team from the place they grew up in. Tell me, Tampa natives, if you had a job offer in New York or Chicago and moved there, would you just drop the Bucs like a bad habit and start rooting for the Bears or Giants? When the Bucs came to town, would you put on an Urlacher or Manning jersey and root against the Bucs?

    I lived in South Carolina and North Carolina for awhile. I did not drop the Bucs as my team, but I did support the local teams. I am a Gator fan, but I supported the University of South Carolina, and even went to games. I became a UNC fan when I lived in North Carolina, and still cheer them on year after year unless they are facing my Gators. You do not have to drop your home town team. Just embrace your new home town team as your own. So to answer your question…yes I would buy a Manning jersey if I lived in Denver. I would buy an old school Walter Payton jersey if I lived in Chicago…Urlacher is WAY overrated. I have a friend from KC who went to the game with me. He roots for the Bucs unless his Chiefs are playing us. See how it works?

  27. jbos2012 says: Oct 18, 2012 3:49 PM

    My bad…you meant Eli Manning. I would buy a Jason Pierre Paul jersey if I lived in New York. He is a USF grad!

  28. michael713 says: Oct 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    @flavordave
    For a guy who hates Tampa, hates the fans and doesn’t even cheer within the division, you sure do spend a lot of time looking at the Bucs link.. Are you a secret closeted Bucs fan? It’s 2012.. Don’t be afraid to come out of the closet and just admit it.. you are a Bucs fan !!!

  29. muttbolts says: Oct 18, 2012 4:53 PM

    Maybe if 90% of Tampa area weren’t from up north then I bet the seats would be filled. New York , Pitt, philly New England seems to always sell out in all sports in Tampa .

  30. bucsfanpc says: Oct 18, 2012 5:40 PM

    @flavordave
    I am curious, what team do you support? Do you go to every home game?

    Tampa does have a large number of “fair-weather” fans. We also have a lot of die-hard fans who go to every game. It’s not fair or accurate to call us all frauds. My mom was a season ticket holder from ’76 till ’82. I’ve been a season ticket holder for 10 years now. Go spread your hate elsewhere.

  31. jeagan1999 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:18 PM

    This will be a “throwback” game..i.e. the Bucs will wear orange and the Saints fans will wear paperbags over their heads! Go Bucs!!

  32. mrlaloosh says: Oct 18, 2012 7:34 PM

    Tampa, wow. Didn’t y’all have Doug Williams and Steve Young as QBs? Both won Super Bowls for the NFC, in Washington and San Francisco. What a franchise! The Glazers bought & restored a historic house in NEW ORLEANS! Spent MILLIONS on it. They now live on the same private street as Saints owner Tom Benson. IN NEW ORLEANS! Even they get out of Tampa whenever they can.

  33. jdubfla says: Oct 19, 2012 7:40 AM

    Live in Tampa and watch this week after week.

    They win one game and the players and coach are the greatest ever and the radio waves fill with playoff talk ..
    then they lose the next week and they suck and the coach sucks and the Glazers suck. And they are the worst team ever.
    And it isnt ticket prices as tickets are available for $30
    While there are many diehards… And I tip my cap to you and this post does not pertain to you whatsoever…
    But attendance for the Bucs and Rays show this is a horrible sports town.

  34. gogatorsjohn says: Oct 19, 2012 10:25 AM

    Read up above. It’s about the fans displeasure with the owners (The Glazers) and team not winning. I posted earlier.

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