TAMPA — The Pewter Plank has learned that numerous season ticket holders for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have received invoices for the 2012 season that request payment by December 17th of this year.
It’s unclear if all season ticket holders have been contacted with the invoice but those that have been contacted are not happy about it. Given the Buccaneers boorish play this season, management isn’t doing itself any favors by demanding payments now, before things get even worse.
“I’m livid” said one season ticket holder. “I fired off an email that my Grandmother probably wouldn’t approve of but demanding payment now is beyond absurd to me.”
Typically season tickets for the following season are invoiced after the regular season. But the Buccaneers are trying to lock up as many tickets for next season as they can and the business sense of this has to be questioned.
It’s no secret that the Buccaneers have had incredible trouble selling out games in Tampa in recent years. Games have been blacked out locally due to the lack of ticket sales and despite a loyal following, the Buccaneers are on hard times. The team is losing and not making money.
The business model of asking for ticket payments now makes sense but in the lightest of terms do I use that. The Bucs need to make money and need to start selling out Raymond James Stadium, but by bullying fans into payments now is bad business and is the furthest thing from bright things to do.
“They’re in no position to demand anything from me.” said a woman who has had season tickets for 4 years. “It’s tough to get them but you have to imagine that after this, and after this season of failures, season tickets are going to be released. Mine will be at least.”
Times are tough in Tampa all around. It’s not the most lucrative economy in the country and with debt concerns growing to record highs throughout the world, the last thing people are going to spring for are season tickets to see a team that can’t win a game.
It’s clear that the dysfunction runs from top to bottom inside the Bucs organization and this latest news about the demand for season ticket payments only makes things worse.
When you’re a fledgling team trying make ends meet, the last people you want to upset are the people that pay the bills.
Stay tuned to The Pewter Plank for more developments on this story.