Bucs can’t sell enough tickets to lift blackout

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The Buccaneers announced earlier this week they needed to sell 7,400 tickets this week to lift the local television blackout.

They did not.

Even though they’ve won four in a row, and are playing the 9-1 division-rival Falcons, the Bucs didn’t reach the 85 percent threshold of non-premium tickets sold, meaning local fans won’t be able to watch, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

This makes 18 of the last 21 Bucs games to be blacked out, and it makes you wonder when they will sell the place out.

Prices on many tickets are getting cheaper, and the product’s getting better, and it’s not as if they’re asking people to stand out in the cold.

27 responses to “Bucs can’t sell enough tickets to lift blackout

  1. People act like it’s the fans that are at fault, but if you look, all the cheap seats are always sold out. It’s the expensive tickets that don’t sell out. So how does that make Tampa Bay bad fans? It makes the Buccaneers bad price setters.

  2. Once again, us in Tampa know the story.. Yes this game shoulda sold out. disappointing? Very. But enough with this “ticket prices have been lowered talk”. While true, lets remember, Only tickets that have been dropped are the nosebleed and other upper deck tickets. Those were dropped to between $35-50 something a ticket. Once again let me repeat those have been sold out for most if not all of the season.. The tickets that have been hard to sell are the lower level (big money-non club level) seats and the lower level seats near the corner end zones..(just look at any bucs highlights or watch online.) those seats are the ones people either can’t afford consistently yet in Tampa or refuse to buy in to.. Either way it sucks.

  3. No excuses to not get to 85%. The other two home games this year definitely will not do it either (St. Louis, Philly). Very disappointed in the fans, this is the most exciting Bucs team maybe ever and still not enough.

  4. I’m happy to see the Bucs fans make a stand. They hate their greedy owners so much they’re not going to be tempted by the desperate drop in ticket prices.

    It’s not just about money, there’s a huge amount of disgust and distrust in Tampa..and rightfully so.

  5. No excuses Tampa Bay! You went from a horrible team to one that has a real spark of excitement and is winning! Plus, you took the 85% plan. I don’t want any of our Florida teams relocating, but it is time that the national media stops looking at north Florida as the poster children for bad attendance.

  6. Sorry gg260, i miss-read part of your comment. My apologies.

    People in Tampa could sell this game out. But it won’t be until Sunday a.m. that it happens. And I agree, $105 for lower lever corner endzone seats? Insane.

  7. Not a Tampa fan but I live in the area and have been researching tickets for when my team plays there in December. Not exactly the cheapest, especially if you go every weekend.. then there’s parking…etc..

    NFL is a victim of their own success.The money isn’t worth the experience (add up everything it costs to go to a game, food/parking/beer/gas/etc.)

    But yea – go ahead and try to make the Tampa fans look bad when really its the glazyers still selling the same seats at over $150 a pop

  8. Jacksonville hasn’t had a blackout since 2009. And Jacksonville didn’t opt for the 85% plan. And Jacksonville’s stadium is bigger.

    Jus’ sayin’.

  9. same story different day! The problem most of the US does not understand and doesn’t even bother to research before writing a story like this is there are very very few “cheap seats” and they are always sold out. The rest of the seats are still over $100 a ticket! Don’t forget concessions and parking, plus who goes to a game by themselves and its a couple hundred dollars to go. Supply and Demand Glazers suggests that you need to lower ticket prices to meet demand. But the national media will keep bashing the fans and will not question ownership

  10. Wait, someone actually said this may be the most exciting Bucs team ever? Good Lord, winning the Super Bowl in 2002 wasn’t exciting enough for you?????

  11. jaxhotspur11 says:
    Nov 23, 2012 10:15 AM
    Jacksonville hasn’t had a blackout since 2009. And Jacksonville didn’t opt for the 85% plan. And Jacksonville’s stadium is bigger.

    Jus’ sayin’.


    No, Jax’s stadium isn’t bigger. Jax tarps seats, so their official capacity is in the 60,000’s. Remember, one of your owner’s top priorities is to stop doing that.

  12. Why do my comments about where the fault truly lies keep not getting approved? Hint, it’s not the fans or the owners who deserve the biggest blame as to why the Bucs can’t sellout (or even 85%).

  13. jthv83 says:
    Nov 23, 2012 9:40 AM
    Sorry gg260, i miss-read part of your comment. My apologies.

    People in Tampa could sell this game out. But it won’t be until Sunday a.m. that it happens. And I agree, $105 for lower lever corner endzone seats? Insane.


    Those are the cheapest seats we have here. Most of them are $500.00

    At least you get to see your own team play, we have to watch 2 teams from somewhere else play.

  14. I didn’t say best did I? If you’re suggesting most NFL fans view dominating defense as more exciting than high powered offense, then why have the rules been manipulated so much in favor of the passing game in the last decade? The Bucs, as they are currently playing (high scoring shootouts), are as exciting as they’ve ever been.

  15. @myopinionisrighter…..Everbank field is 2,000 seats larger in capacity than RJS, so technically it is larger. The point is that the Jags haven’t opted for the 85% plan, haven’t had a blackout and are a terrible team this year. Tarps shouldn’t even be a talking point…but you are correct that the owner would like to change that…and good for him!

  16. It’s a domino effect, nobody comes to the game so nfl blocks it out to force fans to go if they want to see it, but you can’t attract new fans if you don’t show it on tv, and if u don’t have enough fans you can’t sell out.. So the point is, it doesn’t matter how well they are doing if nobody can see it

  17. @emma333:

    It has to be part of the conversation, because it artificially deflates the capacity of Everbank field. I think if you look, 85% of RayJay’s non-premium seats coming out of it’s capacity (somewhere around 70,000) is about the same as Jax’s official capacity with the tarped seats. And kudos to Jax and shame on where I know the blame belongs down here that Jax can do it and Tampa Bay can’t.

  18. If you look on Ticketmaster then you will see that it is the 3rd level seats that aren’t selling out and NOT the premium club seats. I tend to buy my tickets on Friday like most people though because they go on sale for $30-$40 a ticket. That won’t lift the blackout since it is decided on Thursdays. That stadium is sold out every home game, and pretty much has been since 1998. Our owners only accepted the 85% agreement, so that there is more of a chance to be televised locally to help other local businesses. Either way THE GAME IS SOLD OUT!! Just not before the 72 hour rule. Bucs won’t be moving to another city, and with a playoff appearance you won’t be able to buy a ticket for another 12 years like during the Dungy/Gruden era.

  19. Then again, in the 70’s, we made an agreement with the NFL to get rid of one of the greatest college football programs in University of Tampa. They produced legends in the NFL like Freddie Solomon and John Matuszak.

  20. Myopinionisright,

    May want to research, rayjames capacity is 65,857, non premium seats for stadium is 50,000 meaning at 85%, Buc need to sell 42,500 to a Tampa area population of 2.8 million and 3.5 million if you add the Sarasota area in to the mix. Jags ave a capacity of 67,164 WITH tarps and 76,867 WITHOUT tarps. Jags have to sell 100% of its non-premium seats which is around 51,000 to a area of just under one million people. Not getting you argument when Bucs have less seats to sell to a bigger market.

  21. Some people get it and some don’t. The Bucs game will be 90-100% of capacity come kickoff. However, unfortunately it’s the NFL Blackout policy that will prevent our market from seeing the game on TV.

    I will be in Row B/Sec. 219 ($102 each) which is not really an upgrade from my season ticket in Row A of Sec. 309 ($75 each).

    Go Bucs!!!

  22. What’s worse? A game that sells out or close to it, but not in time to avoid blackout (Bucs) but is at or near capacity for game time? Or a game that sells out due to PSL’s and outside companies, but is not at capacity (or even close) come game time (Charlotte along with many others)?

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