Calling Roger Goodell, Team GlazerOctober 19th, 2012
Joe reads the painful email cries tonight from his Bucs-fan brethren in southwest Florida and must speak up, as the NFL and FOX are royally screwing these fans for no apparent reason.
Officially part of the 62nd largest TV market in the country (504,240 households) per Nielsen, the Ft. Myers-Naples FOX affiliate is not airing the Bucs-Saints game Sunday. Instead, it will air the Packers-Rams at 1 p.m. The local affiliate, FOX 4, has made the announcement on the station website.
Green Bay @ St. Louis 1pm**PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers game will not be seen in our area, as decided by the FOX Network and the National Football League.
Downtown Fort Myers is only about 130 miles from Raymond James Stadium, and the northern reaches of the market TV signal extend to within about 80 miles of the game.
And the crazy irony here is that the Fort Myers market has been the only one consistently airing Bucs home games that have been blacked out, including all other home games this season. In fact, Joe’s defunct “Blackout Tour” used to bus fans from St. Pete to Lee Roy Selmon’s in Fort Myers (2010-2011), and Joe can attest there are plenty of Bucs fans in that neck of the woods.
The Buccaneers Radio Network even airs all games in the greater Fort Myers area.
Hell, three years ago the city of Fort Myers named a street “Earnest Graham Avenue” to honor local legend Earnest Graham.
To have this market get cut off from the Bucs this weekend in favor of the Rams and Packers is a travesty — Rams/Packers? — and Joe is calling on Roger Goodell to step in and help right this wrong. Joe’s hoping Team Glazer might make an appropriate phone call, as well.