Buccaneers require new season-ticket buyers to buy season tickets for two years

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Years ago, fully brainwashed by the mythology carefully manufactured through the magnificence of NFL Films and the mellifluous voice of John Facenda, the realization that the NFL is actually a business hit me harder than figuring out that grown men don’t stomp their feet on a canvas mat when hitting each other, like the pro wrestlers of the day did.

Pro football is undoubtedly is a business, first and foremost. It’s part of what drives this website and prompted Playmakers — a desire to nudge the powers-that-be away from their tendency to place wealth and power over the good of the game.

Here’s the latest example of the manner in which pro football will try to separate people from their money. Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers are now requiring new season-ticket holders to buy season tickets for two full seasons.

It’s a clear acknowledgement that the Bucs know they most likely will have Tom Brady for only one more year, and that by next year the demand for season tickets would reflect whoever the quarterback not named Tom Brady is.

Is it fair? It is right? It doesn’t matter. The Buccaneers have the right to attach the condition, and the customer has the right to say, “No thanks.” The Bucs are banking that few will.

Again, it’s a business. And the Bucs are exercising what they regard as good business sense.

It’s all the more reason for Tom Brady to exercise some good business sense of his own, and to recite to ownership one of the most memorable lines from Goodfellas.

63 responses to “Buccaneers require new season-ticket buyers to buy season tickets for two years

  1. How do normal middle class Americans afford this? I make right above 100k a year and have a wife and two kids and I don’t think that I could afford it without really going into debt or making significant cutbacks to our way of life… Just crazy to me…

  2. Still a bunch of bandwagoners. SMH. Remember a few years ago when there was a supposedly a 50,000 fans waiting lists. Except there werent.

  3. That’s pretty outrageous. Why not make it 10 years? Such greed. Stay home and watch the games with some friends on tv. I find this a much more enjoyable experience.

  4. NO THANKS!! Not even if you told me I’m getting the best version of Brady would I put out money for 2 years. First of all are you offering a money back guarantee if Brady gets hurt? Of course you aren’t. Are you offering refunds if the team goes 1-8, or 5-11 to start the year? Of course you aren’t. No way No How

  5. on of the worst fan bases in the NFL.. been living amongst them for 35 years.
    As soon as Tom is gone they will be back to normal

  6. Prefer watching games at home. Wide screen TV, my own food and beverages, and my own comfortable couch. Don’t have to waste time driving to and back from the stadium, weather is always nice, not paying outrageous prices for tickets, parking and food. Not having people spill drinks and food on me or cussing me out cause my team is beating theirs or hear their gloating when their team is beating mine. My last stadium game was in 2012 and I’ve enjoyed saving all that money and time. Keep your stadium seats. Watching the game at home is much better.

  7. Shocking story. I’m dumbfounded. What could be next? I’d better get up early tomorrow to see if the sun is still rising in the east.

  8. Forget the season tickets and buy on the secondary market. It will cost more per game, but a lot less overall. Most people that buy season tickets don’t go to all the games. They go to the ones that they prefer and they see the rest.

    The secondary market will be flooded with tickets in year 2.

    I know that the NFL is a business, but they seem to forget that the game is what’s important to people. Most fans are NOT rich.

  9. It was only a matter of time before the Goodfellas take arrived. You really are a funny guy.

  10. Next, their going to make everyone that enters the stadium wear a Buc’s jersey and have a two drink minimum.

  11. Give me my 80 inch high def TV and my fridge full of cold beer. No way will I pay to attend a NFL game.

  12. Tampa’s fanbease is mainly bandwagon and Fairweather fans. Very few actual dedicated longtime fans. This is a joke

  13. Translation: Arians gone; Brady gone; most top talent gone…
    Back to the losing days before Arians and Brady which no one will pay to see so pay now!

  14. Bucs are a horrible org. but very smart. There will be plenty of fans that sign up for this. A fool and his money are soon departed right??

  15. isheimfromcolfax says:
    March 19, 2022 at 11:29 am
    The residents at Del Boca Vista can’t possibly afford this.

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    Boston and New York are literally closer than Tampa is to Boca…. I wish people knew how big Florida actually is lol….

    this is shady as hell though…. I would be very PO’d if I were a Tampa season ticket holder and probably look into the legality of this. Is it legal to require someone to buy something in order to be able to buy something else?

  16. There are going to be a lot of empty seats. Just another reason to watch games at home.

  17. What’s better than paying full price for one season of Brady? Making your fans pay double! This is a gross money grab. I’d say it’s shameless but the NFL doesn’t know the meaning of the word, so I hope the fans “just say no”.

  18. The “outrage” over this is simply hilarious. No one is forced into buying season tickets. If you personally can’t afford it, then keep moving and don’t lose sleep over it.
    Besides, I never hear any outrage when phone providers make you have 2 year contacts for spotty phone service.
    If this is the kind of thing that really upsets you, then find a way to make or get more money.

  19. It’s been going on forever. Tax breaks, billion dollar stadiums at public expense and a commissioner salary that is more than obscene.

    Time to rid ourselves of these primma donnas.

  20. I’m so sick of these out-of-touch, entitled and greedy owners stiffing their fan bases and players. I hope Tampa fans stay away in droves.

  21. Just call it a bandwagon tax.

    Really the only people affected by this move are the bandwagon fans that gave up their tickets when Brady retired and now want them back for just 1 more year. And the clowns from up north that buy season tickets for one game and then sell the rest to try and make a profit.

    This policy does not apply to fans who already have season tickets.

  22. While this story is true, there’s a lot more to the story that’s not included in this article. First off, I’ve been a Buccaneer season pass member since 2012 and have never missed a home game. Secondly, in the time I’ve been a season pass member the Buccaneers do NOT require members to pay the entire cost of the tickets up front. In this case they’re just asking for a 2 season commitment, and will even break up the cost of the tickets into a 24 month interest free payment plan. Sure its going to cost you a sum of money over the course of 2 years, but if you’re a fan of the team you just accept it. It’s not the end of the world.

  23. I can’t wait to see this blowup in their faces!

    For 2yrs before the bucs got Brady my brother-in-law went to about 4 games a year and he isn’t a Bucs fan and I was talking to him one Sunday and he said “I gotta go, I’m going to the Bucs game” and knowing he’d went to 2 games already that season I said “when did you turn into such a big Tampa fan, you went to 4 games last year and 2 already this season” and he says “I didn’t, they’re giving away tickets again, they’ve been doing it for the last two seasons so the seats don’t look so empty”!

    This stunt won’t sell them any more season tickets but it will push a lot of potential buyers away!

  24. Definitely a greedy move, but hard to feel sorry for bandwagon fans. Although I do feel bad for all 17 hard core Bucs fans.

  25. It doesn’t weed out the “bandwagon crowd”. It weeds out the average fan….real fans that simply can’t afford to spend that much to go to watch a game in person.

  26. Another reason they refused to let Brady go to the 49ers, gotta get that 2023 money.

  27. Funny when a team get success all of a sudden the fan’s are bandwagon fans. Maybe a very small fraction, but the majority were there. I suppose Bengals have tremendous amount of bandwagon fans too. Ridiculous term

  28. Usually the term “Bandwagon Fans” is really referring to the jealously of the person who used it.

  29. Sounds like they’re trying to cover their losses after Brady moves to San Francisco in year 2

  30. I don’t mind paying for things in advance like a years garbage pickup for a big discount. But you never should give anyone your money in advance so they get to make interest on it and you don’t.
    Not like anyone pays interest but you still dont do it without getting something in return.

  31. That’s sheer greed. I wonder what the Bucs would do if all their fans united and decided not to buy season tickets.

  32. With all that money their fans would end up paying for 2 years of season tickets, parking, etc. They could buy a mega big screen tv, drinks and snacks, and watch every game in the comfort of their home.

  33. The NFL could care less about average fans. It’s the people with money they target. They count on you being a die hard fan for your team in those silly commercials they’re always running during games. They count on you buying expensive jerseys with player names that won’t be on team in 3 years. I don’t give the NFL one dime. It’s all a rip off. All designed to take the most money out of your pocket as they can.

  34. But fans have tickets and have for years.
    Brady fans had them and I dont know if the renewal period has past. But if buying for Brady, are you really a Bucs fan?
    Scalpers bought them last year for the secondary market price.
    They will buy them this year, especially with the assumption it’s his last year, for an even better secondary market price.
    This effects the scalper more then anyone. Especially if they fall off the cliff next season..
    The move actually helps the true Bucs fan who isn’t yet a season ticket holder.

  35. You watch but the Glazers maybe onto something ,and the other 31 teams will follow this requirement. Just remember Summer shore rentals in popular places ,require a minimum 2 or 3 night stay in the summer prime season

  36. jeremy3186 says:
    March 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm
    isheimfromcolfax says:
    March 19, 2022 at 11:29 am
    The residents at Del Boca Vista can’t possibly afford this.

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    Boston and New York are literally closer than Tampa is to Boca…. I wish people knew how big Florida actually is lol….

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    LOLOLOL

    Boca Del Vista is a fictional community from Seinfeld. Boca Raton, however, is a 90 minute DRIVE. You can’t FLY to Tampa in 90 minutes from NY. We all know the size of Florida. Do you?

    Download G-Earth and watch some Seinfeld reruns.

  37. You just know that Brady is behind this scheme. Bucs probably offered him a percentage of the profits if he came back. There isn’t a more selfish crybaby egomaniac in sports history than Brady

  38. Two other advantages of watching from home, If you’ve had a few cold ones you don’t have to drive.

    Also the restroom is only a few steps away.

  39. It’s not that surprising. As a Bostonian and diehard pats fan, the hotels in Foxborough require two night minimums on home game weekends. Even though most people stay Saturday night and start tailgating early Sunday.

    I live in Chicago where my wife is from. Green Bay Does the same 2 night minimums for games, so we just stay in Milwaukee the night of her bears annual loss to the packers in Lambeau.

  40. “The Buccaneers have the right to attach the condition, and the customer has the right to say, “No thanks.” Facts.. So very true. The Bucs fans are not forced into anything, weird how this same opinion is not portrayed in the Brian Flores situation as to his voluntary signing of a contract with the arbitration clause.

  41. dhahn-wolf says:
    March 19, 2022 at 1:46 pm
    Usually the term “Bandwagon Fans” is really referring to the jealously of the person who used it.

    Congratulations. You’re not familiar with Tampa

  42. After Brady retired for a month everyone cancelled their season tickets. Looks like they are trying to prevent another sharp decline in 2023.

  43. radar773 says:

    March 19, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    It doesn’t weed out the “bandwagon crowd”. It weeds out the average fan….real fans that simply can’t afford to spend that much to go to watch a game in person.

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    If there wasn’t a bandwagon problem, the Bucs wouldn’t have to resort to these measures. They know it will be a ghost town once Brady leaves.

  44. 100% ridiculous and I hope fans won’t do it but for all these “my living room is way better” guys….in the words of Ochocino “ Child, please”. I don’t care how cool you think your setup is, it doesn’t compare to 75,000 fans.

  45. It’s a fact says:
    March 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm
    That’s sheer greed
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    Lol. No kidding?! Is this your first foray into a free market society?

  46. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    March 19, 2022 at 5:58 pm
    It’s a fact says:
    March 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm
    That’s sheer greed
    ///////
    Lol. No kidding?! Is this your first foray into a free market society?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Is it yours? LOL

  47. cardsfann1 says:
    March 19, 2022 at 11:09 am
    How do normal middle class Americans afford this? I make right above 100k a year and have a wife and two kids and I don’t think that I could afford it without really going into debt or making significant cutbacks to our way of life… Just crazy to me…

    39228Rate This

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    Talk to Oligarch Brady. That’s how far removed he is from reality. When you get whatever you want when you want for 15 years, it conditions you to be removed from the reality for most humans.

    I make 6 figures as well but the gf and I won’t be getting married and doing the kid thing specifically for the crazy world we live in and cost reasons.

  48. ILikeToThinkIKnowMoreThanYouWhenIActuallyDon’tKnowMuchOfAnything: says:
    March 19, 2022 at 5:58 pm
    It’s a fact says:
    March 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm
    That’s sheer greed
    ///////
    Lol. No kidding?! Is this your first foray into a free market society?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Guess Ms. Marie Antionette still hasn’t learned from her past mistakes and still favors gouging the average person under the guise of practicing free market aristocracy.

  49. I am reading most of the comments, and the majority of people aren’t getting it! This IS ‘T for current ticket holders, this is ONLY for NEW people that want to buy season tickets. Basically not real fans, the bandwagon fans. The ones that want to buy and resell to make money. They want real fans in the seats, so they are trying to deter the people that aren’t real fans from buying them. Current ticket holders have their tickets and can cancel next year if they want. I’m a ticket holder and I’m all for this! 100% #GOBUCS

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