Orlando NFL fans, rejoice: You’re not stuck with the Bucs and Jags

AP

The first Sunday of the regular season is a great day for any football fan, but fans in Orlando may be feeling particularly good this Sunday, because they’re going to see some good football. For a change.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the FOX and CBS affiliates in Orlando are turning away from treating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars as hometown teams. Instead, Orlando viewers will be given whatever the affiliate deems the best game of the day. That means the FOX affiliate will show Packers-Bears and the CBS affiliate will show Ravens-Broncos tomorrow. The Bucs-Titans game and the Jaguars-Panthers game will be shown by the Tamp and Jacksonville affiliates, respectively, but not in Orlando.

“We try to pick the best games that the majority of people want to see and we think that’s the Ravens-Broncos,” the general manager of the Orlando CBS affiliate said. “You can’t go wrong by showing the best game.”

As noted by Joe Bucs Fan, Orlando used to be considered a secondary market for the Buccaneers and Jaguars, meaning that the Orlando affiliates would show the Bucs and Jags games each Sunday. But years of losing by those two teams has taken its toll. Orlando fans want to watch better football than the Bucs and Jags have provided.

The NFL is strongly committed to showing every team for free, over the air, in its local market. So there’s no chance of the Jacksonville affiliate pulling the plug on the Jaguars or the Tampa affiliate pulling the plug on the Buccaneers. But the NFL has also shown some flexibility in its approach to TV, by eliminating blackouts and shifting some Sunday schedules to allow the best games to be seen by the largest audiences. That’s a good thing for fans in places like Orlando.

76 responses to “Orlando NFL fans, rejoice: You’re not stuck with the Bucs and Jags

  1. Three NFL teams in Florida is the most ridiculous move the NFL has ever done in the history of the game. That whole state is full of imported, seasonal people that all root for their home teams from where ever they came from. Florida and California are the fair weather capitals of the NFL.

  2. This is bad timing. Finally, after all these years, Jacksonville is going to be good again. They have a good young quarterback in Blake Bortles. I live a thousand miles away and I want to watch the Jags.

  3. I am a California guy who now lives in Orlando. I was actually excited to watch the Jags and Bucs this year, unlike past years. I know there are a TON of Bortles fans in Orlando who have recently become Jaguars fans.

    I guess now I’ll be force fed Patriots, Broncos, and Packers game all season.

  4. Makes a lot of sense. Orlando is full of tourists on weekends. I’m sure none of them want to see those horrible teams. This way bar and restaurant owners as well as hotels can have good games on without needing Shnday Ticket.

  5. .
    Orlando used to be NFL hell. You were fed a steady diet of Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami . I actually moved out of the area in 2010 rather than endure another season of frustration.

    Example : While the rest of the nation is watching New England at Green Bay, Orlando is televising Jacksonville at Cleveland.
    .

  6. B.S. There are plenty of Bucs fans in Orlando like myself that have had the option (since ’76?) of seeing the local team on T.V. and not be forced to go into bar or buy Directv that’s out every time there’s a little rain. Nobody cares about the Jaguars, never have, but the Bucs have had roots here forever.

  7. Thats awesome news for Orlando. Same thing happens to New Yorkers who are forced to watch Jets and Giants each week. At least put on a competing game in each time slot to give people another option.

  8. So, you still have someone else deciding what game you can watch. Let the viewer choose from all available games for FREE. Don’t pretend the technology doesn’t exist.

  9. If they could only do the same in NYC 8 times a year. The Jets, really? The Jets? At least let Fox show another game.

  10. Congrats… and when the Pack is up 42-0 in the second quarter TB and Jack fans will whine they can’t see the close game… Liberal whiners suck…

  11. Yes Orlando is full of tourists on the weekends, but they’re usually spending money at the theme parks or outlet malls, not sports bars.
    That’s for locals, transplanted or native.

    It’s great that the affiliates get to choose now.
    In a recent Sentinel poll though the Dolphins were the biggest fan base around Orlando. So with the games mentioned above, the biggest local fan base still gets screwed.

    Keep that Sunday Ticket account active.

  12. Remember when there used to be 2 games on TV for both Sunday time slots no matter where you lived? You could choose or switch between 2 early games and then 2 late games. Now it seems like there is one early game or one late game on one channel while the other channel has both an early and late game.

  13. Spoke too soon as apparently the local CBS affiliate WKMG states that it’s the Dolphins vs. Washington at 1pm. Then as mentioned the Ravens/Broncos game instead of the Bucs.

    They also stated that they will show the Bucs-Jags game on Oct 11.

  14. Move to canada… I can see virtually every good game. As a Pack fan 3000 miles away from wisconsin I saw 15 of 16 games (for free) last year… It is good to be a fan of a real team

  15. Makes no sense. Now they can’t see their boy Blake lead an underdog team from the bottom to the top. Watching that story happen is going to be a lot of fun. Cant wait for Sunday!

  16. Actually, this article and JoeBucsFan.com only tells part of the story. Orlando and east to the Atlantic is a tourist industry, beach, Disney, and cruise port area, where it’s heavily “transplants” and folks from out of town. Huge proportions of those that live in those areas are largely not the football types either. Many of them are from up North as it is. This isn’t really about Bucs and Jags losing as much as it is about where the residents in those areas are from. Chicago, Cleveland, NY teams all stink, etc all stink, but they’d be more popular there anyway. DirecTV has also changed the dynamic.

  17. Cinvis,

    Why the inane political reference? If cin refers to Cincinnati, you’ll see crappy football all year long too.

  18. We get the same crap in L.A.
    Raiders on CBS as if they’re from here. They’ll show the suckiest games. Oakland/Cleveland.
    Pissed off weekly. :/
    Been that way for over a decade. Rather see a any other sucks team. At least revolve them. Raiders Raiders. Plus they show the fans on TV.
    Creates Anxiety!

  19. selldannysell says:
    Sadly, football fans in DC will be forced to watch the pro football team with Washington in its name, even though it plays in Maryland and practices in Virginia.
    ________________

    Yeah the 11 mile distance from Central DC to the home stadium of the REDSKINS makes that a compelling argument in comparison to say oh, a completely different metropolitan area. Now if you were to say that the REDSKINS under The Snyde’s ownership seldom bear resemblance to a pro football team that might be a little more convincing.
    Besides, given the stench emanating from The Hill a quick jaunt to the other side of the beltway could be considered beneficial, even the Redskins don’t stink as badly as that.

  20. “The NFL is strongly committed to showing every team for free, over the air, in its local market. So there’s no chance of the Jacksonville affiliate pulling the plug on the Jaguars”

    You’re an idiot – even when the Jaguars were in the toilet last year, the season finale drew a 17.8 rating with a 31 share. A third of the city watched – that’s why the local affiliate won’t pull the plug…

  21. Plain and simple, Florida is a state of transplants that also has three teams. There was NEVER fan loyalty from the Orlando area for as long as the Bucs, Jags, and Dolphins were around. I grew up in central Florida and it’s always been fickle.

  22. Of course, because NOBODY cares about the No. 1 and No. 2 picks opening the season against each other for the first time in NFL history. #sarcasm

  23. I think you may be a bit off-base on this one. I would argue there is substantial interest in Orlando for both the Jags and Bucs. As other commenters have mentioned, Blake Bortles is an Orlando product and there’s a good amount of buzz with the team this year. As for the Bucs, #1 pick Famous Jameis is certainly a story people have interest in and let us not forget he’s been drawing national headlines for the past few years in a town just a few hours north. So I’m just not seeing a “lack of interest” in the Bucs and Jags yet. Now, let both teams lose a bunch of games from the get go and sure, I can see interest tanking as well.

    And who is making the decision on what game is better? One person? How about letting the viewers vote and decide?

  24. pourman says:
    Sep 12, 2015 9:00 PM
    So, you still have someone else deciding what game you can watch. Let the viewer choose from all available games for FREE. Don’t pretend the technology doesn’t exist.

    ——————————————————–
    I agree 100%
    If the NFL wanted to save face and make fans they would make it so you could watch whatever game you want. With the money they and the networks have it would not be a technology issue. It might cost them a couple bucks, but it is the fan that always suffers because of both of theirs greed.

  25. I thought everyone got 3 games like we do here in Dallas. We get a noon game, a 4pm game and Sunday night even if Cowboys play on Monday… And it’s on free TV no cable or satellite…

  26. We get the same crap in L.A.
    Raiders on CBS as if they’re from here. They’ll show the suckiest games. Oakland/Cleveland.
    Pissed off weekly. :/
    Been that way for over a decade.
    ________________________________

    This categorically untrue. Just the opposite. Been over a decade since CBS has regularly shown Raiders games in LA. e.g. – opening week CBS 2 in LA is showing Denver vs Ravens, not the Raiders.

    What is true is that CBS rarely has late games on TV in LA. So sometimes the Raiders in the late slot is the best of only two bad options. Depending on who they’re playing. But usually they don’t broadcast any late games.

  27. Not to be overly dramatic, but this is like an answer to prayer!! As the rare multi-generation Central Florida native, I can tell you Orlando was a Dolphins market before anyone thought about the Bucs or the Jags. I’ve been a Steelers fan for 38 years, but didn’t mind losing one game on Sunday to the home team: Miami.

    But with the addition of the Bucs and the insane decision to bring the Jags to a market that couldn’t support them, all we got were Dolphins/Jags on CBS and Bucs on Fox. Period. This isn’t a friendly area for satellite dishes, and we shouldn’t have to pay through the nose just to get a decent game on Sunday afternoons.

    If you like the Jags, fine. Go to the stadium. I was here before they were, and I want to see some good football.

  28. Excellent! I assume this South Dakota Packer fan can now look forward to seeing the Viking games pre-empted for a higher quality, green-ish & gold-ish venue….

  29. I am in Destin Florida right now and boy howdee is it SEC country. Wouldn’t know pro football exists.

    The NFL should have taken that into account before putting a team in Jacksonville. I love the SEC (though Bama rather than UF), but North Florida is solidly divided between the Gators and Seminoles. One reason the league co-opted Orlando into the Jags market is there simply wasn’t enough interest in that area. Meanwhile, they stripped Cleveland–an area that worshipped the Browns–of their football team to put one in Baltimore. Terrible planning.

  30. We’re getting the Packers v. Bears game in Atlanta, since the Falcons will play on Monday & I’m VERY thankful that we won’t be forced to watch the Tampa, Jacksonville or Carolina

    Saves me the cost of hitting a sports bar to see a better game 👍

  31. Deb you are just silly. Back in the 90’s it was 70k watching the Jags. Even after years of being terrible they still come to the game. Do some research before spouting off about what you don’t know.

  32. Harrisburg and the rest of South Central PA has been forced to watch Ravens games for years despite the area being predominantly Steelers fans. Let each market decide which game is most wanted.

  33. I live in Jacksonville and I wish they would show the best game every week. That would mean we’d never get another Jags game though so that’ll never happen.

  34. …..they need to quit whining. If you love NFL football you get the NFL package or REDZONE…..watch whatever game you want. If your too cheap , then you get your local NFL team…..stop the whining.

  35. It’s the south. Most people are just waking up next to their cousin. What football game is on while they are have morning anal is really not a concern.

  36. sykul says:
    Sep 12, 2015 10:31 PM

    Meanwhile the Bucs game is a sellout… Thats just stupid!

    —-

    One sellout in how many years and now its “stupid”?

    I’ve lived in Tampa for years. While there are some true, diehard Bucs fans around, most of the fanbase has proven, time and time and time again…..that they do not care about the Bucs until they are winning, especially if they happen to make the playoffs. Its the same thing with all of the local pro teams here, minus the Bolts(who do have a loyal fanbase).

    Fairweather, frontrunning frauds who consider their so called “favorite team” a PRODUCT dont have a right to whine.

  37. Every game should be broadcasted in every market, and we should be able to choose what game to watch. There are a large amount of Bucs fans in Orlando that are raising hell on these message boards.

  38. The Miami Dolphins are 270 miles away. Yet, the only time we can watch them in Orlando is if Jacksonville is not playing the 1pm or 4pm slot.

    That’s bush league!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    Sep 12, 2015 8:15 PM
    Three NFL teams in Florida is the most ridiculous move the NFL has ever done in the history of the game. That whole state is full of imported, seasonal people that all root for their home teams from where ever they came from. Florida and California are the fair weather capitals of the NFL.

    ———————————————————–

    This.

    Florida is a days drive from east coast cities and mid west major cities. google the term “snowbird” and it will make perfect sense.

    It’s there in all sports. The Florida Marlins have won multiple world series in recent history, and the Tampa Bay Rays also have won reasonably consistently, yet Tigers Spring training games get better turnout than their actual games.

  40. somehow, somewhere this is Tom Brady’s fault. All joking aside as a Jags fan and season ticket holder in the Orlando area it seems to me that this is a ploy to get more money from me to see the away games! Do some research and see what the market share is for Bucs & Jags games on local TV. They are the most watched program on Sunday afternoon week after week. So as both the Bucs & Jags seemed poised to rise out of the cellar let’s watch other teams. Way to build a fan base in FL.

  41. Some guys just don’t have the proper name for football. Blaine Gabbert, Blake Bortles, just doesn’t ring out like a Joe Montana or a Tom Brady. These things matter

  42. This article is misleading..Orlando markets DO show Jaguars games..they show all away games. Home games are the ones that are flexed, and other games may be shown. Living in the Orlando viewing area (but thankfully not in Orlando), I can tell you that the local sportscasts frequently feature the Jags, specifically because Blake Bortles is so popular in the region.

  43. Great, as a season ticket holder of the Bucs in Orlando I now have to buy the Sunday Ticket just to watch the 8 road games of the local team. Now everyone in Orlando needs the Ticket, fans of the local teams and the transplants. I can see why the NFL did thi$.

  44. Deb says:
    Sep 12, 2015 10:21 PM

    “Meanwhile, they stripped Cleveland–an area that worshipped the Browns–of their football team to put one in Baltimore. Terrible planning”…..(I love re-writing history)
    …..
    I’ve been a Steelers fan for 38 years….(well that explains a lot)…..
    …..

    I am in Destin Florida right now and boy howdee is it SEC country. Wouldn’t know pro football exists.
    (ACTUALLY…. here in the northwest corner of Florida–I live in Pensacola–there is quite a bit of Pro Football love, especially for misplaced Saints fans. Which is the only games Fox ever shows here, and in NW Florida we get hosed with Jets, Pats, Phins…always on CBS. WEAK.)

    Deb, don’t use that SEC country, and spew madness about stuff you don’t know about. Jacksonville supports its team MUCH more than some other teams, we get the bad press because of dip sticks like MDS.

    People love to regurgitate garbage instead of actually knowing what is going on.
    San Diego, Cincy, trouble selling tickets as playoff teams.
    Miami, Tampa, empty seats galore.

    Seems odd the networks would want to show a NFCN blow out over the hyped up #1 VS #2.
    Whatever. I know how to work the internet, I always get to watch my Jags 😉

  45. The local Orlando radio affiliate for the Bucs mentioned they’ve been getting very little effort from the Bucs in response to their requests to book players and coaches for interviews. Which is baffling, because they used to have training camp here and were always pretty active in courting Bucs fans here in town.

  46. Folks, I do my research. Filling stadiums has nothing to do with the television market. At the time the Jags were founded, AFC games aired on NBC rather than CBS. Don’t know who you … a-hem … well-informed folks talked to about these issues at that time, but I talked to the Orlando NBC affiliate’s sports director and to NBC in New York. They’re the ones who told me Orlando was always a Dolphins market, but that they were forced to switch to Jags coverage because there weren’t enough television viewers in the Jacksonville viewing area.

    We are talking about television viewing here, not about filling stadiums. I’m glad Jacksonville has a handful of loyal viewers sticking up for them on PFT. Bless their hearts. But you can bet the local CBS affiliate has done its homework, too. And after years of complaints from an area that–thanks to a steady migration from throughout the country–now boasts fans of NFL teams nationwide, the affiliates are responding to the local audience. And the local audience is tired of being forcefed Jags games. The early game being telecast in Orlando is the Dolphins game. As it should be.

    Try living here more than five minutes and actually researching something other than your own minds before commenting.

  47. I bet the majority of the people in Orlando was happy they didn’t have to see the Jaguars because they are nothing but bums and losers in my eyes.

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