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August 16, 2011 @ 11:22 am
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Blackout For Patriots And Dolphins Game, More Likely

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A 10-6 season and several rising NFL stars has apparently yet to translate into ticket sales, as Thursday night's preseason home game against the New England Patriots had not sold out. That sets in motion the enforcement of the NFL’s blackout policy. Along with the Bucs-Patriots game being blacked out, the Miami-Tampa Bay game [August 27] in all likelihood will also be blacked out.

The Buccaneers were the only team in the NFL to have their entire 2010 season blacked out. While ticket sales are thought to be improved over last season, the possibility of the entire season also being blacked out remains as no individual game has sold out yet. The Buccaneers' home schedule is more attractive this year than last, with nationally televised games against the Indianapolis Colts [Monday, October 3] and Dallas Cowboys [Saturday, December 17] along with home games against the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. The Buccaneers’ home game against the Chicago Bears will be played in London on October 23 and will be televised in the Tampa Bay area.

Before the night practice at Raymond James Stadium on August 6, Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said he was optimistic that some of Tampa Bay’s home games would be sellouts despite the still-lingering poor economic climate across the Tampa Bay area.
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    I have been a Buc fan from the first year they entered the league. This brought me a lot of grief, since I lived in Bear country. Moved to Florida ten years ago, but too far to go to games. I actually live near Jacksonville. But they suck. I listened to all those of you who can go to games and really resent those of you who say it's not the economy. I would love to afford to go to a game. It's one of my biggest hopes. I couldn't go before because my husband was completely disabled and unable to go with me. I couldn't leave him home alone. And I wouldn't because he was a die hard Bucs fan. Now I'm a widow who would come if I could. However, I am going to use the 'economy' word. I lost my job so long ago, that I haven't had unemployment benefits in six months. I lost my home and had to go live with relatives. I have absolutely no income. I depend on others to support me. Since I am almost sixty years old, it's hard to get hired anywhere. So, to those who think that I can afford other things, so I can afford tickets, you need to get real. For some of us, the lack of economy is a very real and terrifying situation. I spent all last season staring at a little box in the corner of the screen trying to catch updates on the Buc's game. The only time I see them is when they play away games. Anyway, I am sick of hearing that the economy is only an excuse. Get real.
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    NFL is real hungry for the $$$
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    Well based on last night's game, we should be thankful it was blacked out!
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    HEY--TRIED TO LISTEN ON RADIO IN THE ORLANDO AREA, GUESS WHAT ? THE STATION THAT THE BUCS ANNOUNCED WOULD BE CARRYING THE GAMES IN ORLANDO DID NOT HAVE IT ON. WENT TO THE COMPUTER AND 620 THE SPORTS ANIMAL DID NOT BROADCAST THE GAME. SO, DOES THE NFL BLOCK RADIO TOO? I DID HOOK UP WITH A STREAM ON A TALLAHASSEE RADIO STATION. WHAT A PAIN IN THE BUTT.
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    Give us a full price game and we will pay full price! Make it a practice and we will stay home. How about being a KC fan, paying full price and given that cr*p last week. The owners all seem to think everyone has the same resources as they do.
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    Totally agree. Dumb policy for preseason. Dumb policy for regular season in a down economy. Doesn't help the team or the fans.
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    This is not one of those commercials that says the Glazers are cheap. They are businessmen. Do the math. If 28 or 30 teams are going to sellout during preseason and they can get a full ticket price, why would they reduce ticket prices for all 32 teams when they are going to put all revenue together and do an equal division of revenue at some point. No single team really cares whether it sells out or not, they're gonna get paid!!
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    "Bryan Glazer said he was optimistic that some of Tampa Bay’s home games would be sellouts " That leads me to believe they are over 50,000 for season tickets (last year was 41,000) - ----------------------------------- - As far as blackouts, they do nothing but hurt the team in the long run: les people watching and caring. Stupid policy to begin with and then to have it be in place for pre-season games......... utterly stupid. They should have addressed this in the CBA.
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    Why would anyone pay full prise for a preseason game... What's wrong with these people, just let us watch the dame game.BS
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    Stupid to have pre-season games blacked out. I think the NFL should lower the black outs below a must sell out mode and allow the local TV markets help promote the Bucs locally via advirtising.
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    I totally agree Horse. The NFL should lower the standard for sellout during preseason. The ticket prices should also be cut in half, b/c the product they are putting on the field is lower. I am a season ticket holder and hate to pay full price for preseason games, b/c you are lucky to see the starters for a few series.
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