The Buccaneers are 6-4, they’re the first team on the outside looking in when it comes to the Wild Card and this team is finally coming together. They can’t lose even when they clearly lined themselves up to do so, but even with Doug Martin and the upside of this team, Tampa Bay can’t sell tickets to save their lives.
7,400 tickets need to be sold in order to avoid a blackout this Sunday when the Bucs play the Falcons.
The excuse in recent memory has been that this team isn’t good enough to pay for. Granted, I don’t believe this team is worthy of a playoff spot, I’m coming along in that belief and there’s no denying that this team is markedly better than it has been in the past. The economy isn’t the best in Tampa, but the Glazer’s have lowered ticket prices and tried to make going to games more attractive.
It’s still too early to call Bucs fans out on heir loyalty as ProFootballTalk.com is implying, but this is a troubling trend. The Buccaneers went on the road and won two straight games, the offense exploded but when they returned home to play the Chargers, no one went and the game was blacked out.
One game has seen the blackout restrictions lifted, and that was the game against the Saints. That was a huge matchup in the NFC South, much like the one this Sunday.
If the Buccaneers win, they’ll likely move into a Wild Card spot and at the very least they’ll take a serious pop shot at one of the best teams in the NFL. If seeing your favorite upstart NFL squad sucker punch the Atlanta Falcons, I’m not sure what will fill Raymond Jams Stadium.
It’s not time for panic in terms of attendance, as there’s a fierce loyal following that attend every week, but the numbers need to grow and right now the specific number is 7,400.