Clarifying Another BlackoutOctober 11th, 2012
Joe’s put in more homework on the Bucs blackout situation and the numbers are worse than Joe thought.
First, there are closer to 53,000 “non-premium” seats in Raymond James Stadium (about 3,000 more than what Joe originally learned from the Tampa Sports Authority), which means the Bucs have to sell about 45,000 of those to hit the “85-percent rule” and avoid a TV blackout of local home games.
And even though the Bucs hit an official attendance mark of 58,000+ against Washington with a late rush of ticket sales after the league-imposed Thursday blackout deadline, the Bucs still didn’t make that 85 percent mark as Joe originally reported. (Sorry about that.)
There are boring accounting details that explain why, but the bottom line is fans really didn’t come close to buying that 85 percent. And surely the Bucs were miles from that 85-percent mark at the league-imposed blackout deadline, 72 hours before kickoff.
Right now, there are scores of $30 tickets available for Sunday’s Chiefs-Bucs game at Ticketmaster.com, and loads of tickets at other price points.
The game officially will be blacked out at 1 p.m. today.
The Bucs aren’t alone in the NFL with their ticket-sales woes. It’s a much bigger problem — from New York to Oakland and beyond — than all the excuses/reasons that swirl around the Tampa Bay market.
What more can Team Glazer do when it comes to selling tickets? Joe suspects nothing much.
If the cheaper seats were all moved to $20, Joe wouldn’t be confident they’d be sold. Too many fans are just enjoying staying home.