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Blackout of Bucs games this season?


The 2010 season is fast approaching and while the Buc faithful purchase their tickets, there’s many loyal fans that are not able to make it to a home game. Ticket prices for the upcoming season are as low as $35 dollars, compare that to other teams around the NFL, the Bucs are pretty much opening their doors to everyone to come watch, if not begging them.

The Bucs are usually seen on Fox every Sunday, but there is potential for some games to be blacked out. Blacked out games are nothing new; Jacksonville, last year, had games blacked out in the local viewing area and there were rumors it could happen to Tampa, but it never did. The reason? It is all about money. The Bucs are not generating enough ticket sales and do not have enough viewers watching at home, so Fox is losing money by broadcasting the games to unwatched TVs, wasting air space for other shows and advertising slots that could generate a profit.

Let’s face it, the Bucs were terrible last year. They had a 3 good wins, but the rest of the season was painful to watch, for those who actually wanted to. The Glazers are saying the average attendance is in the neighborhood of 35,000. Raymond James Stadium can hold up to 65,000, the numbers are not that good, but ownership is trying to make it sound as if it is not a major concern. The Bucs are also giving away tickets to charities and organizations around the Bay area, hoping to not only work with the community, but to fill seats.

Maybe the Glazers should spend a little extra money on the roster and put a winning team on the field, maybe then that would fill the stands, instead of slashing prices and begging people to show up Sundays for a few hours and fill the red seats of Raymond James Stadium. As of now, no official games have been blacked out, but everyone is saying it is going to happen. It is just another sad moment for the Bucs, now the fans can’t watch games at home, but then again, watching the team at times is even more painful.

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