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September 9, 2011 @ 9:15 am
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Bucs vs. Lions Game Officially Blacked Out, More To Come

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Not coming as a shock to anyone who follows the Bucs, the Tampa Bay vs. Detroit game Sunday at Raymond James Stadium will not be shown on TV locally due to the game not selling out 72-hours prior to kickoff. After having their entire 2010 home schedule blacked out, Bucs officials are hoping for a few sellouts in 2011.

What was reported last week by PewterReport.com became official today, as a Buccaneers team spokesman confirmed Sunday’s season home opener against the Detroit Lions would be blacked out locally.

While no official number of unsold tickets was announced, PewterReport.com has learned Tampa Bay is expecting an attendance of around 55,000 for the 1:00 p.m. contest.

Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris was asked about the possibility of another season of blacked out games Tuesday in his afternoon press conference.

“I can only control the product out there on the field,” Morris said. “Certainly it is sensitive and I feel for our area. Eleven-percent unemployment, that’s not necessarily football sellout stuff right now, but hopefully we can increase that and guys will come back and we’ll have a chance to do that one day. I look forward to it.”

As also reported earlier, the games with the best chance of selling out this season are nationally televised match-ups against the Indianapolis Colts [October 3] and the Dallas Cowboys [December 17]. Currently, tickets sales for those two match-ups along with the New Orleans Saints game have outpaced Sunday’s Lions game.

Despite lowering season ticket prices and creating 10-month payment plans, it appears the Buccaneers will be the only NFL club to not have their first home game sold out. Last season Tampa Bay was the only NFL franchise to not sell out a single home game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer, have both been reported as saying making the in-game experience more attractive a priority in the future. Glazer was a guest with local talk show host Steve Duemig last week on 620 AM WDAE and commented on the current attendance issues.

“Ticket sales are still slow,” Glazer said. “We’ve got the two nationally televised games (against the Colts and Cowboys) which are ahead of the other games this season (in ticket sales). But we’re still a long ways to go this year. We’re just trying to be honest with the fans when we talk about how we expect the game next week to be blacked out. We just want to be realistic and not put expectations in people’s minds.”

Unfortunately for Buccaneer fans, it may be another long season of not seeing several home games on television. One home game that will automatically be on local TV is the Bucs' contest against the Chicago Bears, which will take place in Wembley Stadium in London on October 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Last modified on Friday, 09 September 2011 09:19
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    It seems like no one in authority gets it. How can people get excited about a team that they cant see? How can the fans see what they are missing if they cant see the game and want to be there the next time? The advertising money is far greater than the price of a cheap seat. I live in Orlando and cant see the game or support the sponsors that would advertise during time outs. So what if they don't sell out. That's like a pro golfer turning down endorsement deals and just wanting to live on the winnings of what ever tournament they are playing. The advertisement money is much much larger. Even the Jacksonville jaguars owners bought tickets back so they could show the game. They get all of this dynamic and the Glazers evidently do not. They are losing fans left and right. We as fans tend to support what we can see and get excited about. Wake up!!!! PLEASE.
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    I know, times are hard. The Tampa Bay area is the only city in the country experiencing financial distress. All the other cities with NFL teams are doing just fine and are able to sell out their home games. Yeah right.
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    I agree with georgehicks! I live in Virginia and am a huge Bucs fan. I hope every season to just be able to fly to Tampa to attend one home game! Watching them on direct TV (which I pay for just to see the games) is no comparison to being in Raymond James and sharing the excitement with Bucs fans! If I lived in Florida I would be at every home game if I had to skip meals just to save to buy a ticket!!! GO BUCS! Destroy Detroit! Do it for Lee Roy!
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    Listen up, spread the word! The Bucs added two more sections of $35 tix last weekend, and they sold out. They have now added two more sections of $58 tickets, East Side, upper level, 10-20 YL. They are actually some decent seats for the price. Don't forget, concessions are half price for this game. Go Bucs!
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    It is really shame that the people don't have the heart to sell these games out, Iam in Texas, If I was in Tampa I would go to as many games as I could. I grew up in Tampa as a home town floridian. When I went into the Army for 23 years, I retired in Texas with my second wife. It not I don't follow Tampa I do all the time. But that is where I ended up. This weekend I will be watching my beloved bucs on Free NFL Weekend on Direct TV. I will have all my information in front of the TV. We have plan to move into our new home and I will get the bucs for the entire season. I think I will be there for the Cowboys or Carolina(Orange Uniforms. I wish that Tampa would wear the Orange jersey this Sunday in Honoring the great LEE ROY SELMON. I and the entire all the bucs fans will missed this man and player of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Remember He was there from the Beginning and the 0 & 26 record. HOW ABOUT BUCS RIP THE VISTOR ALL YEAR. I heard on ESPN that the night talk show host mention that Dallas and Phila would play for the NFC Championshp and Tampa Bay would be the Dark Horse and win the South Division. If Tampa wins the Division. Why Isn't Bucs go to the NFC Championship game 11 and 5.
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    George, we could use your enthusiasm around here. Yeah, there are lots of fans still, but not like us. You and I grew up in Tampa knowing guys like Lee Roy and the early Bucs, and went off to servie the country for a couple decades or more, so we get it. We understand what it's like to live somewhere where there ARE no professional sports. We moved back after I retired from military and are season tix holders, go to every game. This town needs to really understand quickly how important the Bucs are to our econeomy, or livlihood here.
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    Thank you for your service.
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    Finally, the organization is getting it. Keep selling out these cheaper tickets, lower your season tickets next year and fill the stadium up. Many of us who are older and retired are set and it's easy for us to say if we live in town we would be in the stadium, but there's a lot more people that are hurting and can not afford to go to the games and spend this kind of money. I suggest to the Glazers that some of these people who can't afford to go to the games would be able to buy some Buc clothing attire, but first they have to become Buc fans and they can't do that if they are not on TV. At least it's a first step. Go Bucs!
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    Thank you for your service.
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    I don't like the blackout rule even though I've never missed a home game. I actually think it reduces fan interest. But I don't feel the least bit sorry for fans who could well afford tickets but choose to whine about the lack of "game experience" . People used to ask me why I bothered to have season tickets when I could just sit home and watch the "same thing" on TV. Anyone who actually goes to a game knows it is not the same. It's the difference between watching a porn movie or being in it, listening to the radio or being at the concert or having dinner at a nice restaurant instead of micro-waving a TV Dinner.
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    With Peyton out that Oct. 3rd game will be blacked out. I wish I could see the game this Sunday.
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    mjohnson062......they don't play replays of questionable plays for the Bucs that are challenged or might be challenged because they don't want to give the other team a better view of them. If the call goes againts the Bucs you will see the reviews though.
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    Not true, they very rarely play replays of any kind. I spoke with a team official last year who indicated he had noticed the same thing and would look into it but was never able to give an answer.
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    Meh, I guess. I think most teams have somebody reviewing the play immediately to try to help determine whether or not to challenge, but.... having it on the big screen could "convince" a coach (or convince a player to convince the coach) to challenge.
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    Say what you want about the fans, but many fans that had bought season tickets for years lost their jobs and some have neen forced to take lower paying jobs. It's still the economy. Green Bay hais a small stadium in a Union area and as usual they way over paid for what they do. Arizona has a football team, baseball team and nothing else unless you like swimming in deserts. Please quit comparing where ever you live if it's not Tampa Bay. The youth is not that excited about football, same as golf, same as baseball; we need to have some serious ticket discounts for youth, like $10 up to 15 years old. Go Bucs!
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    I still believe that the NFL is being arrogant about the black out rules in these tough economic times. Florida has the highest unemployment rate in the US at the current time, and we are in the midst of a deep recession and the NFL's arrogant attitude is " screw you, we don't care if you have the money...if you don't pay, you don't get to see our product" Absolutely nothing but GREED.......shame on the NFL!
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    The "in-game experience" is still significantly weak. I bought season tickets last year and renewed for this year, so the discounts and payment plans worked as intended, at least in my case, however, here are a few gripes: They don't show replays, particularly of plays that might be challenged - instead, they play marketing or additional fluff (don't need it). There is no analysis. If a player is injured and I'm in section 309, I find out all the details via the Internet on my Android phone - why the HELL can't this simply be done in stadium? The video boards at the end zones are DONE. FINISHED. They're absolutely awful. Can we get some hand-me-down screens from Jerry Jones? There are positives to the "in-game experience" no doubt, but I bought tickets because I want to see MY BUCS live, not the next day. I am a FAN. There are several things that would cost NO MONEY to do, and others that would be reasonable expenses and they're not doing those things....
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