Bucs announce all home games will be televised

AP

At a time when it could be argued that the Buccaneers have thrown in the towel on the 2013 season by benching quarterback Josh Freeman and giving Mike Glennon 13 extra 2014 preseason games, the Bucs deftly have changed the subject.

The team has announced that all remaining home games will be televised locally.

It doesn’t mean that enough tickets have been sold to lift the local blackout.  It means that the team will buy any tickets necessary to meet the reduced 85-percent minimum necessary to get the games broadcast in the Tampa area.

“In appreciation for the loyal support of our fans throughout the Tampa Bay area, we have committed to televise the remaining seven home games of the 2013 season,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said.

The Bucs bought the extra tickets (which are available to the team at 34 cents on the dollar) in 2009, when some in the media noticed that otherwise sold out games featured huge expanses of empty seats.  From 2010 through 2012, the Bucs opted to allow the games to be blacked out — and they routinely were.

Now, as a team that had playoff expectations continues to disintegrate, the Bucs feel compelled to spend the money to strengthen ties with the fan base.

After the season, the fan base may compel the Bucs to spend even more money, in order to buy out some contracts.

30 responses to “Bucs announce all home games will be televised

  1. Actually it does mean they sold the tickets…or are projected to.

    “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are projected to surpass the NFL’s threshold of 85% tickets sold for the majority of the team’s remaining seven home games.”

  2. So we can’t watch any exciting games on TV in Tampa now? Not only do the Glazers ruin the Bucs, they are forcing us to watch them. They did try to imply that fans bought the tickets, but didn’t directly say it to avoid being dishonest about.

  3. “So, we’ve now benched our QB, who, though inconsistent, is probably our best QB in franchise history, and replaced him with a rookie who has all of his problems with accuracy and decision-making, but even worse. Plus, he completed about half his passes against 2nd and 3rd stringers in preseason, so there’s reason to feel great! Oh, and Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are hurt.”

    “FEEL THE EXCITEMENT!”

  4. Have the Bucs said yet if they would hit the Undo button on the Revis deal if it were an option? I’d still like to hear more analysis regarding what would constitute making that transaction a success. Do they still feel confident they are going to win on that deal?

  5. Why is everybody writing this team off? all they need is Some offense and should @ the worst be 2-1 Hell if Freeman played Well we could’ve easily beaten the patriots easy as in it could’ve been done. Man fairweather fans and haters belong together

  6. .

    The Bucs defense is very good. They performed above expectations the last two weeks, containing both Drew Brees and Tom Brady
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  7. brutusmandingo says: Sep 26, 2013 2:21 PM

    Why is everybody writing this team off? all they need is Some offense and should @ the worst be 2-1 Hell if Freeman played Well we could’ve easily beaten the patriots easy as in it could’ve been done. Man fairweather fans and haters belong together

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    Freeman may have contributed but David and Dotson each lost 1 game.

  8. I said when Glennon was drafted he was Freeman 2.0…. Same size, same mobility, same accuracy issues, prone to mistakes and goofy looking.

    At least they drafted Glennon in the correct round.

  9. Florida doesn’t need 3 teams.

    Take the Bucs, move them to Bama. They can stay in the NFC South & will have a rabid fan base.

    Take Jacksonville & move them to OKC. Sure, its not really south, but neither is Indy.

  10. whysomanylosers-

    Glennon doesn’t have any mobility. I find it interesting that the Glazers always think that changing everything all time solves problems. They micromanage stuff they shouldn’t because they can’t help themselves. Sometimes, having consistency and chemistry with good coaching leads to success. wish we had a coach like Dungy right now.

  11. Anyone thinking that the Bucs just need a quarterback and some luck is absolutely delusional. That being said I absolutely hate the NFL blackout rules. Maybe if the tickets didn’t cost more than a car payment….

  12. lol Freeman threw two stupid picks that led to 3 points in all three games before the half Which in the first two games made a difference between a win a loss.

  13. I think this is a very generous move by the Bucs ownership. They don’t have to buy out all of those seats but they realize the removal of Freeman signifies a potentially long season. As a BUCS fan who can’t attend many home games, I really appreciate it!

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