“I Wish I Could Buy All The Tickets Myself”September 15th, 2010
Nobody likes blacked out games, and the subject is clearly one that stirs passion inside the Bucs’ defensive mastermind/head coach.
Raheem Morris volunteered his thoughts on the Bucs being off local television for their home opener and playing before 20,000+ empty seats, during The Raheeem Morris Show, on WDAE-AM 620 on Monday.
Morris told a story of how he helped a local family go to the Bucs-Browns game and put blame for the blackouts on the rough local economy.
“The economy right now is rough. We understand that. And I’m very sensitive to that. I actually was in a mall this week, and ran across a young man in the mall in the Apple store and gave him and his family four tickets to the game,” Morris said. “And I was fired up about that and received a beautiful e-mail today from their family. And, you know, I wish I could do more. I wish I could buy all the tickets myself. But I can’t do that yet.”
“I don’t think it’s a lack of fan support. …You would like the NFL to change the [blackout] rule with the economy with what we got going on right now.”
Bravo to Raheem for helping a family of strangers. Classy move.
Joe despises blackouts, too. That’s why Joe runs The Blackout Tour, so fans can spend just $24.95 to travel and watch blacked out games at Lee Roy Selmon’s in Fort Myers. The thought of fans not being able to watch a home game because of financial constraints (or not wanting to break the law and watch online) was too sad for Joe to just to sit idle.
However, Joe can’t pin all of those empty seats on the economy by any means.
The sheer number of empty seats speaks to frustration with ownership and a lack of quality on the field. Fans are in “show me” mode right now, and it could take awhile to get games on TV, with or without a significant economic upswing.