The Bucs are nearing a sellout for Sunday’s season opener at home against the Titans, with fewer than 1,000 general-admission tickets left for the game, the team announced Friday morning.This would continue an encouraging upward trend for the Bucs, who have seen their announced attendance for home openers increase every year since 2010 -- 47,211 that year, then 51,274 in 2011, 51,533 in 2012, 60,870 in 2013 and 62,442 last season. If Sunday's game sells out, it would be the Bucs' first sellout in a home opener since 2009, when they did so with the Cowboys in town.Speaking of Dallas, the Bucs' November home game against the Cowboys continues to be their most expensive ticket on the secondary market -- on Stubhub.com, the cheapest tickets are $115 for that game. The cheapest seats for the remaining home games, in descending order, are Giants ($72), Bears ($52), Titans ($48), Jaguars ($31), Panthers ($28), Saints ($25) and Falcons ($25).Much of the excitement surrounding Sunday's opener is the debut of Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, and the first time ever that QBs drafted with the top two picks in the NFL draft will debut against each other, with Titans QB Marcus Mariota on the other sideline.The Bucs have seen their overall attendance improve over the last five years, from a low mark in 2010 with an announced home average of 49,314 to last year's average of 59,659, which still ranked 29th out of 32 NFL teams.
Repercussions from actually drafting a qb, instead of a safety...Who woulda thunk it?
Big market teams are always drafting QB's high for this reason. But it also improves your chances of winning football games so it is a 2 for 1 deal all wrapped together.Drafting a safety in the top ten has to be done only if a guy is a complete ballhawk. A guy that generates turnovers to help a team win and also push jersey sales.
If you are drafting players to “move the needle” or sell tickets, your franchise is probably not very good. Drafting players should be about best player available or possibly team need. The Bucs hit the holy grail this year because the player did all of the above. Now…if he can just win!Someday, I hope the Bucs will be one of the teams that are in a position to draft BPA.QBs are an entity all there own...especially when you have a franchise that has never had a bona fide "franchise" QB. Like I said, the Bucs won the "lottery" this year and we will see how it pans out.Our ticket rep told us this week, they are planning for a full house...with Tennessee being who they are...one has to assume that the majority of the fans will actually be Buc fans!! Rockin and Rollin on Sunday afternoon!!
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