The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a surprising and encouraging announcement today when they informed the public that every remaining home game of the 2013 season will be televised locally.
This means one of two things:
- The Buccaneers sold a good amount of tickets in the preseason and were on a good pace of ticket sales for both regular season home games, so the owners decided they would eat the cost of whatever remaining tickets were needed to make sure the team got to 85% each week.
- The owners know that fans will be less likely to buy tickets to see a backup quarterback lose more often than he wins, and wanted to show that they care about the community and want them to remain involved, so they bit the bullet knowing that they wouldn’t be close to selling out some of the remaining home games.
There has been so much negative publicity about this team lately, and a lot of negative feelings towards the Glazer Family, so this is an excellent gesture to show the fans that the owners do want them involved in the football team. (Especially since they’re spending so much for star players like Darrelle Revis and Vincent Jackson.)
This is particularly good news for fans of the Buccaneers who live in Orlando, Sarasota, and other areas considered to be “within the market” of the Bucs, but who have trouble making the trip to games on a regular basis. They will get to enjoy their team every week for the rest of the 2013 season, which goes a long way to keeping a happy fanbase.