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Bucs’ preseason opener will be blacked out

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Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer has said that “a lot more games” will be televised in Tampa this year.  The new trend won’t be starting with the preseason.

According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs announced Monday night that Thursday’s preseason opener against the Ravens has been blacked out.

Because the Buccaneers opted once again to take full advantage of the 85-percent rule, the team was required to sell 85 percent of all non-premium tickets to permit the game to be televised in the local market.

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42 Responses to “Bucs’ preseason opener will be blacked out”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 5, 2013 9:16 PM

    The Glazers are stingy cretins.

  2. vegaskid21 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:21 PM

    Ohh jeez, here we go again.

  3. shackdelrio says: Aug 5, 2013 9:22 PM

    L.A. Buccaneers

  4. Stiller43 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:24 PM

    They may as well start it now…good practice for all the blackouts coming in the reg season.

    Seriously, is there a state worse for sports than florida? Its seems most, if not all teams have attendance or general fan problems there…even when the teams are good. Makes you wonder why they put so many teams there.

  5. tampamac says: Aug 5, 2013 9:30 PM

    Yeah, because full priced admission, parking and concessions make people wanna come out in droves to a glorified practice where the starters play 1 series if you’re lucky. The Bucs are not the only team who will be blacked out in the preseason.

  6. crip2nite says: Aug 5, 2013 9:31 PM

    The only sport that would thrive in Florida is shuffle board.

  7. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 5, 2013 9:35 PM

    For All the ignorant people who continue to bash Jacksonville, here is a prime example you ignorance. There isn’t any blackouts in Jacksonville and hasn’t been for the past three years and already reported by management zero this year. So save the Bashing for Tampa, Miami, San Diego, Oakland, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. And save the tarp comments. The stadium holds 84,000. The tarps were added to bring the stadium down to 67,000, right where every other stadium of Jacksonville’s market is. We still averaged 64,000 attendance last year which ranked 16th out of 32 teams for 2- 14 team. Sounds pretty solid to me. Don’t let the media fool you to think otherwise. But you all are sheep and listen to the media as gospel so go ahead with the bashing and disregard the facts. We are used to it in Jacksonville.

  8. letsgolightning says: Aug 5, 2013 9:43 PM

    I’m a Bucs fan, and I’m ok with this. I think a ticket to a preseason football game is among the worst value in sports: it’s mostly 2nd- and 3rd-string football for the same price as you pay to watch 1st-stringers play (and without any standings implications).

    I’ll watch Hard Knocks instead for some entertainment, and still save some money by paying HBO instead of buying a seat. If anything important happens (really, just someone getting injured) I’ll read about it on PFT.

  9. selmonfan63 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:46 PM

    Why would anybody pay to go to a preseason game?

  10. rajbais says: Aug 5, 2013 9:48 PM

    And Los Angeles doesn’t deserve a team because its a “band wagon” town???

    Tampa/St. Pete can’t even band wagon. Look at the Rays’ stadium and Bucs’ in 2010 as a 10-win team. Nothing heavily filled.

    Glazer Family, leave this town!!!

    Go to a place that’s better to live in and play at!!!!

    This region doesn’t deserve a team.

    The 2010 & 2012 season for the Bucs are good enough proof to vindicate me.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 5, 2013 9:54 PM

    Miami Buccaneers / L.A. Dolphins

  12. megamore78 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:54 PM

    Does anyone else think that it is cute that Jacksonville fans like to remind everyone how they deserve a citizenship award? I guess they need something to cheer about.

  13. tampamac says: Aug 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    The Bucs’ attendance will be fine and the team is not going anywhere. They had a sellout streak of 13 years that just ended in 2010. Not as if they’ve had attendance issues the last decade. The fans here stopped going when apathy set in. Glazers weren’t bringing any notable outside talent in and the Gruden/Allen regime let the team get old. Of course Glazers got the perception in the community of not caring about the Bucs and funneling money to their futbol team and using the football team as a personal ATM. Add that to the way Derrick Brooks was unceremoniously let go the prior season, it made it personal to Bucs fans. To add the feather, Raheem Morris, a man with no head coaching experience at any level and all of 1 year of being a D coordinator at K-State was hired to lead a rebuild and a philosophy of building almost exclusively through the draft.. Recipe for disaster. Fast forward 3 years, ownership had pulled their heads out of their behinds and spent some money to get some proven players. Dominik has drafted well, Schiano looks to be the disciplinarian and leader a young team needed, and the buzz is palpable in the area. Ticket sales will reflect this. Sorry for the diatribe, but wanted to inform people of the local perspective.

  14. ddogdaddy says: Aug 5, 2013 10:27 PM

    @nationalmedia……
    Kind of angry but I like the home team passion. You may have a crappy team but at least you got great fans. Well except for the dude that slit the Bears fan throat for chatting up his old lady. Just kidding bro. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to helping you get the #1 pick next year. Go Colts.

  15. darkneptune73 says: Aug 5, 2013 10:48 PM

    Hey look, Tampa Bay still doesn’t give a damn about the Bucs.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2013 10:50 PM

    No game, pre-season or otherwise, would be blacked out if the Steelers were a participant. Don’t worry Bucs and Bal, you might get there someday.

  17. swampcannons says: Aug 5, 2013 10:58 PM

    To all the ignorant jags fans that want to complain about not getting respect but troll on Bucs articles and crap on their fanbase and wish their team to move: you are hypocrites!!!! Let’s see you all have another ‘stellar’ home admission record when you have another 2-14 season. Doesn’t bother us a bit as our team is getting better and the sales will come. Bucs were selling out games when your franchise didn’t even exist yet. Absolutely pathetic to wish another team to move from their fanbase but I wouldn’t expect anything less from you classless bums.

  18. motobus says: Aug 5, 2013 11:04 PM

    Buy the team a stadium and they won’t even let you watch the games… thats harsh.

  19. bigblu73 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:11 PM

    The 3 years I was a season ticketholder I always felt like it was extortion that in order to be a season ticketholder you have to pay full price for “pre-season” Ie: glorified practice games. It just seems more honest and right that those tickets would be offered at half price or discounted to increase both attendance and entertainment value.

  20. Gordon says: Aug 5, 2013 11:16 PM

    London Buccaneers

  21. geshtahl says: Aug 6, 2013 12:35 AM

    Wow! They have those idiotic blackout rules in the preseason as well? Since I don’t watch the (pointless) preseason games of any sport, this was news to me.

  22. joewilliesshnoz says: Aug 6, 2013 6:43 AM

    What a joke, must be a bingo game that night.

  23. flmike says: Aug 6, 2013 6:58 AM

    For the yahoo who said “The Glazers are stingy cretins.”

    VJax – $55 million
    CNicks – $47+ million
    DGoldson – $40+ million
    DRevis – $96 million

    That isn’t the kind of money cheap owners throw around, want cheap go look at Mike Brown and his Bengals.

    To the point of blackouts – It’s preseason, really, wtf is going to pay full price to see a glorified practice, not even talking about parking anywhere near the stadium costs minimum $25. I’ll save my money for home games that count.

  24. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:30 AM

    I like the tarps in jag stadium. I say about week 3 in preseason we will see them. They make the stadium look nicer and looks like a full crowd as well.

  25. dolphinsrule65 says: Aug 6, 2013 8:03 AM

    Jacksonville was 20th last year dude..
    Rank 20th Jacksonville avg 64,984
    Miami has been sold out for ever game since 1999.

  26. willbrownimaging says: Aug 6, 2013 8:55 AM

    So…what you’re saying is that Jacksonville tarped 17,000 seats, still didn’t sell out, but is a paragon of fandom, and the nation should recognize it?

    Got it.

  27. megamore78 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:31 AM

    Jacksonville gets citizenship award. My son got one in elementary school too!

  28. njligernj says: Aug 6, 2013 9:41 AM

    ::rant::

    Jag’s fans are the fat kid who tries to stop being bullied by saying “look at that kid … he’s fatter than me … go pick on him.” That kind of crap just makes you want to pick on the Jags even more.

    If the best trash talk you have is “my teams sells more tickets than your team” then you have failed in every single way.

    Even though I agree with the sentiment that the media/fans have been too harsh on the Jags I gain zero respect for their “cause” when I see their fans just trying to use the same tired anti-fan agenda against other teams instead of themselves.

    I get that Jags fans are sick of the media but (I’ve seen this on other posts and boards) they seem to be under the misguided impression that treating other fan-bases like crap is a solution for the problem of having their fan-base treated like crap.

    The real issue is that no real fan of football should ever want another football fan to lose their team.

    Come up with some better trash talk. All of you. I am not a billionaire NFL owner — if a team only sells 80% of their tickets … I DON’T CARE! It doesn’t make you a better fan because the team you support happens to be better (right now) at selling tickets. You aren’t getting any of the ticket sale money. It doesn’t affect you at all. Shut up, shut up, shut up about freakin’ attendance.

    You’d think it was the NAL from the way some of you morons carry on (both fans and the media). I try to ignore it (and I will for the rest of the year … because I’m a fan of FOOTBALL not regional attendance patterns) but feel like a good rant once a year.

  29. bucswin10 says: Aug 6, 2013 10:27 AM

    We are talking about Practice here PRACTICE!!!

    Why would the league even have blackouts on the the Practice Season. Even when I was a season ticket holder going to games other that Week 3 of the Pre season is torture…
    So you go have a draft and sign free agents. ok GREAT….But would it not be better to broadcast your “new team” to the community when you are going to try and sell tickets to in 3 weeks…????

  30. michaelda1 says: Aug 6, 2013 11:02 AM

    @crownofthehelmet: Steelers @ Bucs in 2010 was blacked out. That was regular season. Get off your high horse.

  31. evilglazers666 says: Aug 6, 2013 11:44 AM

    I’m surprised they didn’t devise a plan to use more tax payer money to pay for all the empty seats. We should be ok for the Saints game. We are close enough that they make up 60-70% of the fans in attendance.

  32. youcallthatreporting says: Aug 6, 2013 12:42 PM

    michaelda1 says: Aug 6, 2013 11:02 AM

    @crownofthehelmet: Steelers @ Bucs in 2010 was blacked out. That was regular season. Get off your high horse.
    ~~~~~~
    Nice! This dude is always trolling with anti-Ravens comments like these. Thanks for the nice beat down!

  33. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 6, 2013 12:56 PM

    I may have been factually incorrect, but you do know of what I speak. Unmatched fanbase.

  34. JC De La Torre says: Aug 6, 2013 2:49 PM

    When will you people get it through your thick skulls that this franchise is NOT MOVING. They have the best leases in professional sports with their owners making money hand over fist.

    Even in a market like LA or London, they’d never get the sweet deal they have here. No community would be that stupid to sell their souls to save football.

    The Bucs attendance is beginning to recover as the community’s economic situation improves. I’ve seen reports where the Tampa Bay area had worse unemployment numbers than Detroit.

    And you wonder why the Rays and Bucs are struggling to fill seats?

    It’s coming around now. The team is better, the fan base is excited and it looks like the majority of the games this season will sell out.

    So you can stick your L.A. Bucs nonsense where the Lord split ya.

  35. cfeeley52 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:42 PM

    nationalmediacansuckit says:
    Aug 5, 2013 9:35 PM
    For All the ignorant people who continue to bash Jacksonville, here is a prime example you ignorance. There isn’t any blackouts in Jacksonville and hasn’t been for the past three years and already reported by management zero this year. So save the Bashing for Tampa, Miami, San Diego, Oakland, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. And save the tarp comments. The stadium holds 84,000. The tarps were added to bring the stadium down to 67,000, right where every other stadium of Jacksonville’s market is. We still averaged 64,000 attendance last year which ranked 16th out of 32 teams for 2- 14 team. Sounds pretty solid to me. Don’t let the media fool you to think otherwise. But you all are sheep and listen to the media as gospel so go ahead with the bashing and disregard the facts. We are used to it in Jacksonville.
    —————————–
    Are you bragging about having to cut your attendance by close to 20,000 so you can sell out??? Are you also bragging about a completely mediocre 16/32 for attendance??? Hate to break it to you, but it sounds like the media is fairly accurate on this one, as proven by your own facts…

  36. cfeeley52 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:03 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 6, 2013 12:56 PM
    I may have been factually incorrect, but you do know of what I speak. Unmatched fanbase.
    ————————————
    Who are all going to be switching to Pirates jersey’s when they’re gunning for the world series and the steelers start off 0-4. I’ve seen maybe one person wearing a pirate’s jersey on a non-game day, but they win a few games and now they’re everywhere. That city doesn’t like rooting for losing teams, after a few years in the basement of the AFCN the steelers are going to lose all those bandwagoners they picked up after 2005.

  37. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 6, 2013 4:22 PM

    cfeeley52 says:

    ..the steelers are going to lose all those bandwagoners they picked up after 2005.
    ——————————————————
    I hope you’re right cfeeley52. True fans want no part of nbandwagon fans, regardless of the team/city.

    By the way, I wonder why there’s been an up-tick in Bal jersey sales and general fandome this past off-season. Might as well change your team name to the Baltimore Wagoneers.

  38. cfeeley52 says: Aug 6, 2013 6:56 PM

    Never said baltimore doesn’t have them… I’ve actually yelled at friends that are suddenly buying their first jersey. Waiting to see if they’ll still be with us in five years, if the team declines i’m guessing not. We’ll see what happens in Pittsburgh, they’ll probably follow suit…

  39. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 6, 2013 7:24 PM

    I hear ya cfeely, maybe wagoneers was a little extreme, or at least pot calling kettle. I say there should be a basic test needed to pass to claim fan status.

  40. pzimm7778 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:42 PM

    Jaguar fan here living in Tampa. I don’t blame anyone anywhere not going to this crap. It’d be nice if 16 stadiums didn’t sell out preseason games and all were blacked out in every home team city every week. Then maybe someone higher up would get the message that charging regular season prices for this garbage and then blacking it out locally when it doesn’t sell out is a really stupid practice.

  41. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 8, 2013 1:50 PM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

    I see the six Bucs and Jags fans have jumped out of their bomb shelters. SIX RINGS

    We own you.

    How many rings you’ve got?

    You’re jealous?

  42. pzimm7778 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:36 PM

    Nope. My life doesn’t revolve around my sports teams success. Admittedly that’s a good thing since if it did I’d be on 24 hour suicide watch with the teams I root for. I’m very proud of the education I got though. It helped me learn to read I was in the Tampa Bay Buccaneer section. Apparently you cannot say the same.

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