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« : August 31, 2012, 06:01:40 PM »

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to struggle to sell tickets, and it’s gotten so bad that it’s time to address the question of whether the market still merits having an NFL franchise.

With their regular-season home opener only nine days away, the Buccaneers remain 9,000 short of the goal for lifting the local blackout.

The gap, reported by Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, must be closed within 72 hours of kickoff, or the game won’t be televised in the team’s home market.

The failure to sell enough tickets at the stadium comes despite a string of efforts to sell all non-premium seats, from taking full advantage of the new league rule that allows teams to cut their “manifest” to 85 percent, to uncharacteristically spending million on free agents like Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, and Eric Wright, to hiring a new coach, to cutting the prices on parking and concessions for the home opener, to honoring Ronde Barber.

By the way, it’s the first freaking game of the year.  And Cam Newton is coming to town.  Division rival.  The team that once claimed Chris Simms’ spleen.

It was supposed to be a slam dunk for Week One.  And still the team is 9,000 tickets short.

Look, we like Tampa.  The city did a great job hosting the Super Bowl.  But regardless of the reason — local economy, apathy, whatever — if fans continue to fail to show up for the games, at some point the team needs to be moved to a place where the fans have the money, the time, and the inclination to attend games.

The Glazers get blamed for plenty of things.  They bear no blame here.  The Glazers have tried to improve the team and to make it more attractive to attend games.  Eventually, the people need to respond.

There’s no indication that the Glazers are looking to move the team.  Given the manner in which the community continues to respond to the franchise, they’d be crazy if they weren’t exploring their options.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/31/bucs-inability-to-sell-out-raises-specter-of-relocation/

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« #1 : August 31, 2012, 06:03:36 PM »

It's just speculation on Florios part but he makes a fine point. If this team is winning games and fans aren't showing up Id completely understand moving the team. Fans just don't care enough. The team would deserve fans who do.

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« #2 : August 31, 2012, 06:09:37 PM »

It's just speculation on Florios part but he makes a fine point. If this team is winning games and fans aren't showing up Id completely understand moving the team. Fans just don't care enough. The team would deserve fans who do.

Worse franchises than Tampa Bay have better fan support. Detroit before they started winning. Cleveland.Bengals.Buffalo.

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« #3 : August 31, 2012, 06:11:35 PM »

Losing the team also loses future Super Bowls, an event that brings a big economic boon for the region.

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« #4 : August 31, 2012, 06:15:15 PM »

You reap what you sow. The Glazer's pissed off a lot of people over the last few years, its going to take time and wining to bring them back.

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« #5 : August 31, 2012, 06:15:30 PM »

Losing the team also loses future Super Bowls, an event that brings a big economic boon for the region.

Yup it sure will. Division games should be completely sold out though no excuses for it and after the spending during the off-season one would expect fans to at least attend the first game.

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« #6 : August 31, 2012, 06:18:56 PM »

The Bucs aren't capable of moving for another 10 years or so.

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« #7 : August 31, 2012, 06:21:27 PM »

One spending spree after the owners were backed into a corner isn't going to make fans forget that we ranked last in spending for over half a decade. The truth is the truth whether people want to talk about it or not, but it's a fact that after the disaster that was our 2011 season ownership had no excuses left, it was either spend money or lose the rest of the fan base. I think if they show they are CONSISTENTLY willing to spend fans will come back little by little. Winning also doesn't hurt.

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« #8 : August 31, 2012, 06:23:00 PM »

Agree.

That 10-yr seat agreement left a lot of people upset - and ended up losing the Glazers a whole lot of formerly loyal customers.

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« #9 : August 31, 2012, 06:23:46 PM »

Worse franchises than Tampa Bay have better fan support. Detroit before they started winning. Cleveland.Bengals.Buffalo.


And THAT is what i find most disturbing. This area SUCKS as a fanbase.

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« #10 : August 31, 2012, 06:25:00 PM »

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to struggle to sell tickets, and it’s gotten so bad that it’s time to address the question of whether the market still merits having an NFL franchise.

With their regular-season home opener only nine days away, the Buccaneers remain 9,000 short of the goal for lifting the local blackout.

The gap, reported by Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, must be closed within 72 hours of kickoff, or the game won’t be televised in the team’s home market.

The failure to sell enough tickets at the stadium comes despite a string of efforts to sell all non-premium seats, from taking full advantage of the new league rule that allows teams to cut their “manifest” to 85 percent, to uncharacteristically spending million on free agents like Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, and Eric Wright, to hiring a new coach, to cutting the prices on parking and concessions for the home opener, to honoring Ronde Barber.

By the way, it’s the first freaking game of the year.  And Cam Newton is coming to town.  Division rival.  The team that once claimed Chris Simms’ spleen.

It was supposed to be a slam dunk for Week One.  And still the team is 9,000 tickets short.

Look, we like Tampa.  The city did a great job hosting the Super Bowl.  But regardless of the reason — local economy, apathy, whatever — if fans continue to fail to show up for the games, at some point the team needs to be moved to a place where the fans have the money, the time, and the inclination to attend games.

The Glazers get blamed for plenty of things.  They bear no blame here.  The Glazers have tried to improve the team and to make it more attractive to attend games.  Eventually, the people need to respond.

There’s no indication that the Glazers are looking to move the team.  Given the manner in which the community continues to respond to the franchise, they’d be crazy if they weren’t exploring their options.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/31/bucs-inability-to-sell-out-raises-specter-of-relocation/
Let me make this perfectly clear. There is one reason why they are not selling out games. It's called winning! When I say winning I mean believing in this team, knowing that they are probably going to win every Sunday. When the team was winning 2 years ago no one believed in this team. Everyone knew that they were winning with smoke and mirrors. The fan base has had no reason to believe in this team and there hasn't been any superstar players the fans can cheer for. Once some of these players step up and become stars and they start winning the stadium will fill up. I guarantee it. Think about it. This team doesn't have a single superstar but, look at the Superbowl team and they had many. To name a few, Brooks, Lynch, Sapp, Alstott and more. The players need to prove themselves and the team needs to prove itself, period.

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« #11 : August 31, 2012, 06:25:35 PM »

One season of free agent acquisitions wont bring the fans back after a decade of not giving a crap. This team has to win and continue to show each season that they are serious about being contenders before we get people back in the stadium.

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« #12 : August 31, 2012, 06:26:34 PM »

Yup I think if we start winning games consistently we will get them to come out.

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« #13 : August 31, 2012, 06:28:38 PM »

Yup I think if we start winning games consistently we will get them to come out.
Yeah, where were the fans during the pre-Dungy era? Winning cures what ails you.

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« #14 : August 31, 2012, 06:28:57 PM »

Yup I think if we start winning games consistently we will get them to come out.

doesn't that translate to fair-weathered?

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