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Buccaneers and Chargers blacked out on Sunday

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Neither a two-game winning streak nor the chance to see wide receiver Vincent Jackson face his old team were enough to move people in Tampa to buy enough tickets to allow the team to avoid a local television blackout.

That means the game between the Buccaneers and Chargers will not be televised in the Tampa market. The writing was on the wall for Thursday’s announcement about the blackout when word broke earlier this week that the Bucs were still 9,000 tickets short of hitting the threshold needed to eliminate the possibility of a blackout.

Because the Bucs took advantage of the rule permitting teams to lower that blackout threshold to 85 percent of non-premium seats, that indicates there will be a lot of empty seats at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon. That’s par for the course for the team in the last few seasons. Just one game has been televised locally this season and only two games were televised during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Coach Greg Schiano talked a lot about changing the culture of the franchise when he took over as coach. The early returns have been pretty good in terms of wins and losses, but there’s clearly still work to do in terms of convincing fans to spend their money to watch those wins and losses in person.

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12 Responses to “Buccaneers and Chargers blacked out on Sunday”
  1. schmitty2 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:30 PM

    Shocking

  2. pewterpiratetampabayray says: Nov 8, 2012 2:45 PM

    Cue everyone else’s fans saying we don’t deserve a team…….

  3. panamon says: Nov 8, 2012 2:49 PM

    Why do you have to put the Chargers in the title? Shouldn’t you at least specify where the game is? One blackout compared to four out of five and 23 out of 25 isn’t even close. AND the Bucs chose the 85%.

  4. wjmoffatt says: Nov 8, 2012 3:03 PM

    Damn shame! We’ve (Bucs) have been playing as good as anyone this past month (3-1, only loss that last play against saints crazy ending), could see the team move into the wild card after this weekend and the area doesn’t care. Get it together people.

  5. flickaboogie says: Nov 8, 2012 3:05 PM

    There is a big Shuffleboard tournament in Tampa this weekend so football will be way down the list of things to see.

  6. bucbearpig says: Nov 8, 2012 3:06 PM

    The stadium has been filling up more, but many fans don’t buy tickets in advance, knowing they can get the same tickets on game day and walk into the stadium. They can do that because attendance isn’t great overall, but it’s also not nearly as bad as it was last year. It’s going to take more than a few wins to get the stadium sold out a few days before the game.

  7. upperdecker19 says: Nov 8, 2012 3:29 PM

    Chargers vs Bucs = the future battle for L.A.

  8. td30 says: Nov 8, 2012 3:31 PM

    this is the look of surprise on my face: : |

  9. bigdawg24 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:06 PM

    I wish all of the K.C. Cheaps games would be blacked out in Kansas City. Move the Cheaps to LA – Hunt can make more $$ there.

    I really like the Bucs. They play hard, and watch out when this team adds some more talent.

  10. joetoronto says: Nov 8, 2012 4:59 PM

    panamon says:
    Nov 8, 2012 2:49 PM
    Why do you have to put the Chargers in the title? Shouldn’t you at least specify where the game is? One blackout compared to four out of five and 23 out of 25 isn’t even close. AND the Bucs chose the 85%.
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    The Chargers are in the title of the story because normally, fans of the visiting team show up too.

    Unfortunately, both Charger fans can’t make it.

  11. ttoptom says: Nov 8, 2012 5:34 PM

    Dang! I’m actually visiting Tampa this week and I so wanted to see how Norv manages to lose again!

  12. founders1791 says: Nov 11, 2012 1:24 PM

    They don’t even allow Radio, witch is a very stupid move because they reduce their exposure for no reason. Less and less fans isn’t good

    The Glazer Family must sell The Bucs to owners who are committed to assembling a winning team ..in my lifetime.. at a cost that is not $500 per game for a family of 4.

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