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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com

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  1. 1

    drdneast

    Well the Glazers must be real Republicans. You don’t see the low or middle class sitting in club seats, So there feeling must be lets soak the poor for the extra money instead of spreading the costs to everyone.
    Typical Republican ideals.
    I for one encourage all those who hold general admission tickets to forego renewing them until they see how much the team spends on personnel this year.
    They are currently over $40 million under the cap so the price increase sure isn’t being spent on players salaries.
    I may not even wait until they sign FA’s.
    Soaking the poor and the middle class smacks of trickle down economics which is just another fancy economic term for a feudal system.
    The more I think about it, the angrier I’m getting.
    The people in the Club seats are the worst fans in the world. Whenever the Giants, Cowboys, Packers or Bears show up they sell their tickets on StubHub to make a few extra bucks.
    You can kiss my rosy red ass Glazer boys, let your team play in front of a bunch of Club seat “fans” and see how much support they get.
    Jerks!

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    1. 1.1

      SDBucfan

      Entertainment is a luxury not a necessity. If you can’t afford it maybe you should provide a service that is of higher value so you can earn more money.

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      scubog

      Always looking for an argument drdneast. Even trying to bring politics into football. Many Club Seat holders are businesses who give the tickets away to their clients, associates, staff and workers not a money making tactic. I’m sure those recipients getting something for free is a concept you embrace. Trust me, the lower bowl folks sell their tickets to opposing fans too, especially a Xmas time nears. Surely you’ve made that observation. West side Club seat $3,950.00. Lower Bowl just below them $1,250.00. See, those evil rich who earned enough money do pay more for something they desire. I have 2 Club seats and 4 Lower Bowl seats and if you notice the price, pay a hefty sum for them with money I earned. What a concept. In your world I should buy you a ticket then apologize for having the money to do so.

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    3. 1.3

      georgehicks

      I’m sorry Buc Fans, You must not complain. Their are 32 teams in Nfl. Have you ck the Dallas,GB,Denver and NE seating costs. This is 2016 not 1969 at the Old Tampa Statium. If the team really takes off, The price is nothing. How about Drinking,Smoking and Hard Liquid fans they spend the money. So get your tickets and Cheer the Bucs in 2016.GO Team Go

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    4. 1.4

      DrT1066

      Drdneast
      Please skip the political BS.
      Let’s talk football.

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  2. 2

    drdneast

    Yea, a 12 and 36 record over the last three years really merits a raise in ticket prices.
    Who do these idiotic Glazer boys think they have on the field, the freaking New England Patriots.
    They haven’t raised the ticket prices in eight years because the product they have put on the field has stunk.
    But what really galls me the most is the Glazer boys hitting the real fans in the pocket instead of spreading the hurt around.
    Just like a couple of spoiled bratty, “let them eat cake,” Republican rich boys.
    Pretty much sure I am out on renewing my tickets next year.
    Not because they raised the prices, but because they are raising them only on the people who can least afford it.
    Kiss off you spoiled little brats.

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    1. 2.1

      scubog

      Perhaps you should have gotten a student loan and gotten an education and well paying job. No one will miss you.

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      1. 2.1.1

        Horse

        scubog is right. If you really want to go and enjoy the stadium feel, then money shouldn’t be an issue. Everyone has their priorities. I would love to go to every game, but I can no longer walk to the stadium nor walk up those steps; I’m not about to purchase a box seat as that is well above my pay grade. Go Bucs!

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    2. 2.2

      Dbuc63

      LOL, your narrow narrative at its best; LOVE IT! I will pay the increase on the difference of your tickets that you never really had if you can explain the concept on having a narrow narrative. Scubog stated it so eloquently; NO ONE WILL MISS YOU!

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    3. 2.3

      DrT1066

      Drdneast
      PLEASE look up sociopath – that may just be you

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    4. 2.4

      Morgan

      If you can’t afford to go the games, watch. They’ve stopped the blackouts. You have no reason to complain anymore. Sorry, but the days of 5 cent cokes has long passed. Supply and demand establishes the price point.

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  3. 3

    BucWild02

    Offense sells tickets and defense wins championships.

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  4. 4

    drdneast

    How illuminating BucWild02. Did you think that up all by yourself?

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    1. 4.1

      BucWild02

      I thought it was clever drdneast. The Bucs DO have a much better offense and of course they are gonna raise ticket prices. Didn’t you just see how much CBS and NBC are willing to pay to televise Thursday Night Football? 450 million per year!! Up from 300 million in 2015. That’s an increase of 50%!! Those were the worst games with some of the lowest ratings! And still they collected. It is a business and the Bucs are in the NFL, regardless of how bad they’ve been. They must remain solvent or they move to a new city that can afford to buy them a new stadium and fill the seats at a competitive price. And aren’t Democrats allowed to have a profit motive?! They haven’t raised prices in 8 years because they haven’t had a product that was worth more. They now do. And if you can’t afford the tickets or refuse to pay for the increase, don’t! That’s the beauty of our free market and a capitalist society…Stay at home and watch it on TV! Someone else will be happy to shell out the dough! And if they make the playoffs OR put up 30 points per game, here comes an early news flash…they will raise their prices again!!!

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    Garv

    I’ve been paying for next year’s tickets through the monthly payment plan since August and will continue to do so. Fortunately 311 and 310 remain the same for the lower half, now the entire section pays the same amount. But raising ticket prices after going 3-13 over the past two years? Hard to take for most fans, I certainly get that. But give them up in protest to placate other angry fans? Not a chance. Too many years invested for that. too many great fans back year after year in our section to miss out. Just means less money for clubs and bars, fancy ties and expensive cars.

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    1. 5.1

      76Buc

      I agree Garv. Why not wait and raise prices after a winning season?

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    76Buc

    I thought this was a football forum and site, not a political site. I am a member for football and Buc’s news and analysis. Please keep the liberal Shrillness and conservative sarcasm out of here.

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    drdneast

    I make no apologies 76Buc, but those are my fair and honest sentiments.
    I understand where you are coming from Garv since I have been a season ticket holder since 1980.
    And when the Cowboys, Giants, Bears and Packers come to town, I would venture to say very few of the season ticket holders in Section 219 sell their tickets away to their fans, unlike the Club seaters.
    But really, I feel like the Glazers are spitting on the fans who can least likely afford a raise in ticket prices and making them shoulder the entire burden.

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    1. 7.2

      Dbuc63

      Ahhh, poor baby, your feelings are hurt. You certainly know what the Glazers were thinking and, by all means, know what’s best for us all. Thanks for representing us small folks.

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    csidedave

    Mine was a 25% increase for my lower level seats after 30 years as a season ticket holder. Not likely to fly at my house.

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    Gulfstrings

    Note: This is a copy of my post on TBO this morning re $$ Increases, all in fun: If I were a gazillionaire and owned an NFL team, my new stadium would seat no more than 15k fans. All in luxury seats including tableside sommelier and chef service with all the “country club” type amentities one expects. “Membership” fees (no more tickets) would be exorbitant and all marketing efforts would be directed toward corporations and the very wealthy.

    Did I mention eliminating conventional tailgating in favor of “members only” pre-game fashion shows, shooting ranges, exotic car displays and clowns for the kids – all under permanent big tops and all within the walled confines of the stadium compound and all paid for by taxpayers, of course, with a percentage going to local and state politicians.

    The private landing strip operation would, however, be leased to a management company and responsible for its own P&L.

    Wait ’till you see (if you can pass the retinal scan for entry) my half time shows.

    This should keep everyone with their “own kind” and create a sense of comfort for everyone.

    Go Bucs!

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    chetthevette

    If I’m not mistaken all games are on the boob tube, correct? Trust me, poor folks don’t attend sporting events. Bet you anything drdneast will be tuning in to Fox to watch.A true liberal would not only boycott the Bucs but also wouldn’t patronize the network that supports the megarich. Chew on that.

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  11. 12

    georgehicks

    Well Buc Fans 8 years is 8 years. If fans would go to other NFL towns and price those tickets you won’t complain

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  12. 13

    NaplesKrewe

    I am an upper-bowl season ticket holder. And, I travel up to see the team. I have RARELY missed a game in 13 years.

    Each year I’ve progressively moved my seats down – and down – and down – and two years ago I finally got to row A. (took that time because a group of friend and I sit together and moved together – so tough to find a chunk of Row A seats) Only to find that this year I have a 39.8% price increase in my tickets? Oh – they are “premium tickets” now.

    Scubog has been commented about how much they cost him to go – that’s great for you man. Glad you can justify that expense to yourself. But when you put pen to paper and look at a team that hasn’t been over 500 in years, doesn’t win home games, and then comes at me for an additional 40%? How is that justifiable? And no, it is not that i can’t afford it. It’s that I cannot justify paying 40% more for the exact same seats as the year before! Especially after year 2 of last in the division! 10%? Ok understandable. 20% That sucks. But OK. 40% nuh uh.

    Sorry guys, it’s not politics, it’s about the organization saying “We make more money selling tickets individually than we do selling them to the same group of guys every year.”

    It’s about the organization saying, “We don’t care about your loyalty.”

    It’s the organization taking a chance and hoping the team does well this year and they can justify the increase.

    That is their right. As it is mine to say, “Nope, I’ll watch it on TV.”

    Oh. and PS to the Bucs PR guy – probably not very smart to mention the new stadium upgrades in the same e-mail where you’re telling me about my price increase. Makes me think you’re sticking that upgrade on my back. But then again, aren’t you?

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    cgmaster27

    Well I don’t live in Tampa and don’t get to too many games so this doesn’t affect me, but from what I’ve read , this is the first time the tickets have gone up in 8 years. That’s pretty impressive with inflation and economics and all. Plus the Glazers need new stadium renovations and no they already have a better product with Winston and our young nucleus in house for a long time.
    If people don’t like it, watch it on tv like a good bunch of us probably do. Not that I’m knocking any of our long time fans like horse and such who have gone to every game. Kudos to you guys for the continued support.
    I’ve been to a bunch of NFL games, usually in Charlotte when the Bucs play them, and there is definitely something special about seeing the game live and up close. But to me it’s almost better on TV as you don’t have near the hassle or cost of being there.
    But I will get to a game next year. No way I am not going to see Jameis and the guys next year.

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  14. 15

    drdneast

    Apparently reading comprehension is a problem out here. I wasn’t complaining about the rise in ticket prices so much as I was about the billionaire boys club members the Glazer boys only raising them on General Admission seats.
    if you guys defending the Glazers ideas of favoring the well off then I am sure you get your prior source of news from FIXED News.
    Chettevette: You sir, are absolutely right but I guess we all have to live with a little hypocrisy in our souls. Besides, I would really miss all those disgusting off color promos the network does for its own programing. I find it ironic and funny the network that supports the Family Values party shows so many off color and lewd promos for its own programming. H.L Mencken was right when he said, “No one will ever go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” I think the Glazer boys subscribe to this line of thought.
    Also chethevette, it may interest you to know the NFL was originated to give the blue collar and working class something to do on Sunday. That was their primary target audience. You say you don’t think poor people go to sporting events? You really sound like an ignorant snob to me.
    Scudog, very pompous of you to say I don’t have an education or make enough money to afford to go to the game since you don’t know me. I have a college degree from USF and money is no problem.
    Perhaps it is you who needs the better education since you have a problem with reading comprehension. Reread my first paragraph, two or three times if you need to.
    BucWild02, if you think the Glazer boys are members of the Democratic Party,
    I have a bridge over Tampa Bay I want to sell you, toll booths and all. I think there is only one owner who is a democrat and that would be the owner of the Steelers.
    Dbuc63, I sit, or probably did sit, in Section 219, second row up on the right. The Aisle seat. I’m the guy that yells at you when you stand on the landing to watch the game because you can’t read the sign, “No Standing.”
    Yes, I did write a narrow narrative. That usually is what an opinion is, a story or account written from a narrow viewpoint or perspective, the authors own. Geeeesh.
    Did you want something “Fair and Balanced.” If so, don’t listen to Rush or read George Will.
    Finally, GULFSTRINGS, what a masterful piece of original writing and thought. How sad and true that is the way the NFL is heading.
    It’s especially sad ironic since the NFL was originated to entertain the blue collar and working class.
    Hope I didn’t miss anyone.

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    1. 15.1

      I cant think of one

      Perhaps people didn’t comprehend your posts because they don’t appear to have a cohesive message. You just make various insults towards the Glazers, republicans, and club seat fans. Although, I do enjoy economics, so I’ll reply to a portion of your OP.

      I don’t know why you mentioned “trickle down economics”. It’s not incredibly relevant to anything you mentioned, or even a concept created by established economists. The phrase alludes to the effects of lower taxation rates, and erroneously at that.

      “More fundamentally, economic processes work in the directly opposite way from that depicted by
      those who imagine that profits first benefit business owners and that benefits only belatedly trickle down to workers.

      When an investment is made, whether to build a railroad or to open a new restaurant, the first
      money is spent hiring people to do the work. Without that, nothing happens. Even when one person decides to operate a store or hamburger stand without employees, that person must first pay somebody to deliver the goods that are going to be sold. Money goes out first to pay expenses and then comes back as profits later—if at all. The high rate of failure of new businesses makes painfully clear that there is nothing inevitable about the money coming back.

      Even with successful and well-established businesses, years may elapse between the initial
      investment and the return of earnings. From the time when an oil company begins spending money to explore for petroleum to the time when the first gasoline resulting from that exploration comes out of a pump at a filling station, a decade may have passed. In the meantime, all sorts of employees have been paid—geologists, engineers, refinery workers, and truck drivers, for example. It is only afterwards that profits begin coming in. Only then are there any capital gains to tax. The real effect of a reduction in the capital gains tax is that it opens the prospect of greater future net profits and thereby provides incentives to make current investments that create current employment.” – Thomas Sowell

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    2. 15.2

      Gulfstrings

      drdneast – Thanks for the nice words re my post but just to be clear … it was intended to be “all in fun.” I’m sure there were guys like me back in the days of Rome that tugged jokingly on Caesar’s tunic each time he raised his prices. The survival tactic then as now is to smile when you tug.

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    3. 15.3

      Twistedwires

      DRDNEAST. One of the reasons I have continued to come to this site is because the discussions amongst the regular posters tends to be substantive, insightful, and mostly respectful of others. I actual get just as much out of the posts as I do the articles; usually. There are a good number of people that regularly post on this site that have something to add to the article that broadens my knowledge about the team I love. However, this is the first thread of posts that I’ve seen on this site in the 12+ years of coming to PR that I’d argue should have someone removed as a poster. Of course that someone is you drdneast. You are entitled to your opinions. But this is a Bucs fan site and not a political insult site. I understand your outrage at the price increase and your anger at the Glazers; I get it. But your stereotypical insults of the people you blame for your own inadequacies have gone well beyond the Glazers to include millions of hard working Republican Americans; including me. That does not belong on this site. I’m sure many people here would be happy to debate you on your political views in another forum. Not here. I’d not argue with you if you’d kept your comments confined to criticism of the Glazers from your (in my opinion) ignorant point of view. Your opinions are welcome in that respect. But your comments have crossed the line into childish insults of many people that are not in the Glazer family that are offensive and do not belong on this site. It’s obvious you are passionate about your beliefs and want everyone to know. But here’s the thing DRDNEAST. Your passion is perceived as low class jealous rage when you just spout out insults like that. I suggest you keep your passion on this site confined to the Bucs. God Bless.

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    chetthevette

    drdneast, I guess you chewed on it spit it right back out. Excellent retort. I don’t think I’m ignorant or a snob. What I am is apathetic. I still am a huge Bucs fan even though I know the Glazers are as money hungry and out for their themselves just like most people, rich or poor. I find this line of discussion interesting in as I believe that sports,music and somewhat politics are just something to amuse us. The Glazers are what they are, daddy made his money by being a slumlord and the kids are having fun spending it. Pro sports and the like are just another form of Bread and Circus.

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    scubog

    drdneast” You should check out the entire ticket price increase and what sections were affected. Many non-Club sections remained unchanged. My suggestion about your education wasn’t meant to be a attack on you. I just believe that if a person wants something to better his life he should do something about it and not attack folks who have had some successes. You attacked the Glazers for raising prices. Perhaps you should attack Publix too.

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    JayBuc52

    My wife’s family had bought season tickets since ’76 and stopped about 4 years back. Since then, my wife and I worked it in our budget and got reasonable seats in section 317. We knew that at some point prices would go up. What we were not ready for is the fact that the prices in our area would go up 42%. These are the working class seats. We simply cannot afford the hike in prices. While we would like to be there to see Winston’s development in person, we will have to settle for seeing it on TV. We had to let go of our seats. I don’t understand the logic behind the increases. Yes, sooner or later you have to raise prices, but to impose the highest % hike on those who can afford it the least makes no sense. This is not New York, Dallas or New England. The people in this area make a fraction of what the folks in those areas make for the same jobs.

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    drdneast

    First of all, it was with a great deal of hesitation that I brought politics into this board, but there was simply no way to avoid it when discussing a price increase directed at the working poor and middle class.
    There is nothing more annoying to me than watching an awards show and seeing some idiot actor who is paid to read someone else’s good work start preaching to the audience about some great cause or ill informed opinion of theirs.
    My first reaction is to find a tire iron and to start flailing away at his unprotected face.
    But this was such a slap in the face to the most supportive Buc fans and mirrored much of what is going on in today’s society, I couldn’t repress my anger.
    If unpopular opinions and viewpoints cause you to call for censorship Twistedwires, then possibly a move to a friendly Islamic state like say Iran, would make you feel more comfortable.
    I made no personal attacks or called anyone names until I myself was attacked as you just did when you called me “low class.”
    I can assure you I am a solid flag waving (when the occasion warrants) middle class working stiff. For example, I stand and sing the National Anthem but stay seated when they play God Bless America.
    When the Rays play “This Land is Your Land,” or “I’m No Senators Son.” during the seventh inning stretch, I’ll be more than happy to stand and sing away.
    But if you are referring to a mental state of mind when you say “low class,” I hope you also noticed I used no foul language to voice my opinions while defending those who are on the lower rung of the economic ladder.
    If that makes me “low class” in your opinion, then I am sure you are the type of person who worships people like Donald Trump and Martin Shkreli.
    It should also interest you Twistedwires that I have defended the Glazers on numerous occasions on this and other boards when people have called them bad owners and not interested in the team.
    As for you, “I Can’t Think of One,”
    you are right when you say “Tickle Down Economics” is not a concept created by established economists but it’s one the Republican Party has celebrated and wrapped its arms around in a warm embrace since President Reagan advanced the theory and when President Bush rightfully called it “Voodoo Economics.”
    I did enjoy your short course though and agreed with much of its content.
    Unfortunately the end result of this new found theory was to create pompous jerks like Donald Trump or Martin Shkreli.
    I was merely using “Trickle Down Economics,” as a metaphor to describe what the rich (Glazers) continually do and practice on the poor.
    Decorum prevents me from using what the real meaning of the phrase means but I hope you get the idea.
    Scudog, when I see Public raising prices without merit, I voice my opinion to them and don’t buy the product.
    Anyway, I usually shop at Winn Dixie because I don’t have to be trendy to wander the aisles there.
    Once again Gulfstrings, a very clever add as I always enjoy a relevant history lesson.

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    1. 19.1

      Twistedwires

      drdneast, you don’t need to explain your anger. I understand your main issue with the Glazer’s decision. I don’t even disagree with it. I didn’t have any issue with your viewpoint. My point was that your choice to lash out at a political point of view to make your point was unnecessary and didn’t belong on this site. It’s not censorship. But your anger and lashing out to include people beyond the Glazers on this thread is an anomaly compared to the vast majority of threads on this board. That is what deserves at least the threat of removal. Just keep it within the white lines if you know what I mean. I respect your opinion. I really do. I apologize for calling you low class. That was me lashing out and I was wrong. I’ll end there except to say this. We don’t know each other. But you picked the exact wrong thing to say when you brought up the Islamic state. I am at this moment an active Army Officer and a Combat Veteran of the still ongoing war in Afghanistan. I hold it close to my soul to fight to defend your right to have an opposing opinion to me. I have risked death and I have killed to defend it. I respect your opinions. Just keep the political comments off of the damn PR. Roger?

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    scubog

    You got that tire iron handy?

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    chetthevette

    Twisted wire, drdneast called me an ignorant snob and it did not annoy me at all. That is his right. I welcome any view on this site. The Glazers make plenty of money off the average fan. They don’t pay the bill by hoping the top 1% contribute most of the revenues.I will give them some props for seeing that all games are televised.
    I,ve seen the word “poor” posted many times during this thread. That description of fans who buy seats to a sporting event is just wrong. Please acknowledge the fact that poor people don’t attend these games.

    It,s really just business as usual and not worthy of us to equate the NFL with any kind of economic issues.

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    drdneast

    Very funny scubog and succinct. LOL.

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