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Buccaneers need to sell 7,400 tickets to avoid blackout

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05:50 AM ET 11.20 | The Buccaneers are 6-4; they're the first team on the outside looking in when it comes to the Wild Card and this team is finally coming together. They can't lose even when they clearly lined themselves up to do so, but even with Doug Martin and the upside of this team, Tampa Bay can't sell tickets to save their lives. Before this Sunday, 7,400 tickets need to be sold in order to avoid a blackout when the Bucs play the Falcons. The excuse in recent memory has been that this team isn't good enough to pay for. Granted, I don't believe this team is worthy of a playoff spot, but there's no denying that this team is markedly better than it has been in the past. The economy isn't the best in Tampa, but the Glazers have lowered ticket prices and tried to make going to games more attractive.

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November 20, 2012  02:26 PM ET

The Economy is still bad in Tampa...
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November 20, 2012  03:36 PM ET

"but the Glazer's have lowered ticket prices and tried to make going to games more attractive."

Lowered them how much? How about parking? Food? Beer?

The last I looked, you needed to take out a mortgage to take a family of 4 to an NFL game, and the banks weren't lending.

Seats aren't just a little above what people want to pay. They're a lot above.

November 20, 2012  03:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Economy is still bad in Tampa....

Only 500 Miles from ATL to Tampa...

November 20, 2012  05:16 PM ET

Maybe Jeffrey Loria will buy up the tickets? OK, maybe not.

November 20, 2012  05:29 PM ET

It's not the economy. The Tampa area crowds are so unfaithful to their teams they're probably hoping the game gets blacked out so they can watch a different game.

November 20, 2012  06:29 PM ET

ARRGH Matey it's the Pirate ship, bad luck for any team!


Heck I'd go to the game if I was in the area, but then I went to see UNLV last Saturday so that is probably not a good example.

November 20, 2012  06:38 PM ET

Why have pro baseball and football teams in Florida when they cant sellout?

November 20, 2012  06:58 PM ET

It sounds as though they have a few more seats than the market will support right now. So rope some of them off, call it a sellout, and broadcast the game locally. When fans see the team is playing well, more of them will want to buy tickets.

November 20, 2012  07:26 PM ET

The Team is playing well, maybe they will start selling out, it would be great for the Players!!!

November 20, 2012  07:40 PM ET

I don't understand the idea of blackouts. Yeah, when seats were reasonable 30 years ago, you could get fans to go to the game if that was the only way to see it. But now? You've got to put a good product on the field to get fans in, and you have to keep them interested.

One way to keep fans interested is to show the games on free TV. No free TV = no fan support. It's that simple. Lift the blackout and fans will buy more tickets. It doesn't work the other way around.

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November 20, 2012  07:49 PM ET

Blacking out the games only makes fans forget they even have a team. Bad strategy. Put a couple of tickets into cases of beer or something but don't take the product off the market!!

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November 20, 2012  08:00 PM ET

Bull, pay for pay-per-view in all the strip clubs

November 20, 2012  09:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I bet the club will buy those tickets to try and get fan exposure.They need to put the team on TV.

You dont put teams that dont win, whos watching? Tampa Bay in baseball did ok....Tampa is doing fine so far this year with HC Schiano...Joisey Rutgers ex-coach!!

November 20, 2012  09:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Bull, pay for pay-per-view in all the strip clubs

Yeah it looks like youre right 2020 for the Eagles.....I have the large kitchen fork....theyre DONE!!

November 20, 2012  09:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Yeah it looks like youre right 2020 for the Eagles.....I have the large kitchen fork....theyre DONE!!

Throw in Andy Reid for the main course meal...very nice Butter Ball Turkey with Vick for the side course!!!

November 21, 2012  12:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Maybe Jeffrey Loria will buy up the tickets? OK, maybe not.

maybe he should buy the yankess and mess them up herd they were for sale

November 21, 2012  10:10 AM ET

Hey; if all else fails maybe they'll televise a Panthers game in Tampa Bay... couldn't be any worse, could it? Huh?!?!?

 
November 21, 2012  01:48 PM ET

They have the 85% rule for the blackout and they are still over 7,000 tickets short of a "sellout"... What a joke. And quit blaming the economy for crying out loud. It's not pleasant everywhere yet "winning" teams don't have a massive excess of empty seats except for Tampa.

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