Are Ticket Sales Team Glazers’ Fault?May 11th, 2011
Joe’s not big on lists and rankings unless they involve grading bikini contest entrants. But Joe does read such lists.
A recent one from BSPN ranks the Top-10 owners in the NFL. Team Glazer didn’t get a vote from the BSPN experts, and no voting criteria was explained.
Voter and NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas, however, shared some of his logic for ommitting Team Glazer, which surely has had its share of shining successes on and off the field. Yasinskas wagged a finger of blame at Team Glazer for the Bucs’ lousy attendance in 2010.
Although I’ve frequently said the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, seems to get a strange and disproportionate dislike from the fan base, I didn’t see this as a legitimate candidacy for the top 10. The Glazers have won a Super Bowl and done some other good things, but they couldn’t sell out their stadium for a single home game last season.
Joe’s all about accepting responsibility. While the poor economic factors at play locally are real, does anyone think the Bucs’ ticket sales and marketing staff deserves an A grade for 2010? Joe sure doesn’t.
Joe hopes Team Glazer takes a hard look at how it sells and markets tickets, which don’t sell themselves anymore in many NFL cities. Having a good team and prime time games should make a significant difference in 2011. Joe will be left speechless if the Bucs can’t muster a sellout for Monday Night Football in October.