The Buccaneers season opener may be blacked out.


The 2010 regular season is about to begin, but Buccaneer fans won’t be watching the games very often unless they are at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs are expecting the season opener against Cleveland to be blacked out, as well as most of the regular season!

The Buccaneer faithful will most likely not be able to watch the game from home due to the blackout. Games have to be sold-out at least 72 hours in advance for the cable network to host the game. The Buccaneers are still struggling to sell tickets, averaging 30,000 per preseason game. But it is not just the season opener that will be blacked out, the Buccaneers are facing a real threat of having all of their games blacked out this season. Only games against big time teams that have big fan bases, such as Pittsburgh, will get the game back on the air.

This is bad news for a team that is trying to rebuild and is looking for all the support it can get. Ticket sales are down, even with prices at all time lows and new food/beverage deals being offered. The only way the Bucs will be able to fill the seats and get the games back on T.V. is to simply win. The Bucs have the players to win, but the question is will the fans be able to see the success on the field or will they be in the dark all season long?

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  • Gatorbuc15

    I hate blackouts, and feel for the Buc fans in Florida. Thankfully I’ll be able to watch the game, for I do not live in Florida. And because I have Direct TV.

    Sorry you all have to go through this. Blackouts just suck.

  • Matt Staton

    Yeah it is becoming a joke around here. The fan base here is dedicated, but just not enough people are showing up to the games. Many love the Bucs, but because the way the team finished last season and the off-season, many are waiting at home before traveling to RayJay to watch the young team play. Lucky you and your direct TV!

    • Gatorbuc15

      Guess I am kinda lucky huh? :) I actually lived around Tampa a couple years ago. Coulda been in the same boat your all in now if I hadn’t. :)

      • Matt Staton

        Yeah very lucky right now. I will have to watch the game either at a bar or online, not the same as watching it at home with friends!

        • Gatorbuc15

          Sorry man. :)