Buccaneers season ticket prices are increasing for the upcoming 2016 season. How can the Bucs justify these increases in ticket prices?
On February 3rd, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that there will be an increase in season ticket prices. Coming off of a 2015 season that saw the Bucs win just six games, some would say this is a bit of a gutsy move, but with lots talent available in free agency, and money to spend, the Bucs are ready to deliver a team that should be competing for a playoff spot in the 2016 NFL season. There are many moves that can be made that wouldn’t be met with too many complaints, but there is an opportunity the Bucs should look to take advantage of.
“Defense wins championships” is one of the oldest clichés in sports. The 2015 Denver Broncos justified this cliché, while riding a dominant defense to a super bowl title in spite of a very typical mediocre playoff performance by Peyton Manning. Even with Peyton Manning’s poor play in the Super Bowl the Broncos’ defense dominated the Panthers who were coming in to the contest riding a hot streak, lead by 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton.
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NFL fans know Von Miller is an unrestricted free agent, and Miller will certainly have his choice of teams to consider. Miller had a great 2015 season which ended with him receiving the Super Bowl 50 MVP award.
Muhammad Wilkerson of the N.Y Jets, also a free agent had a strong season with the men in green. He finished the season with 12 sacks and was a force was a nightmare for opposing offensive coordinators. Imagine how dominant the Bucs defense would be if they were to find a way to bring in Miller and Wilkerson? Financially speaking the Bucs don have the finances to pull this off.
I understand the likelihood of this happening isn’t very strong, but this is an opportunity for the Bucs to make an impact with all of the options available through free agency. With season ticket prices being increased for 2016, it is important that the Bucs take advantage of the position that they are in. The higher ticket prices could be justified if the Bucs can reward the fan base by putting a winner on the field.