No Blackouts Offer A Peek Into Glazers’ MindsDecember 30th, 2009
There’s not a worry in the air that the meaningless Bucs-Falcons home game on Sunday, to be played in 50-degree weather, will be blacked out.
Who could have imagined that back in September, when the Bucs were peddling tickets on every other billboard and radio station around town.
Surely, there will be about 15,000+ empty seats on Sunday against Atlanta. Heck, there were officially 8,800+ empty seats for the much hyped Ring of Honor game against the Packers in November and more than 15,000+ when the Bucs faced the then undefeated Saints, per Tampa Sports Authority figures (only reported by JoeBucsFan.com).
So what gives?
Numerous NFL teams this season have gotten extensions from the league to sell tickets to try and avoid home games being blacked out on local television. Other teams have, in fact, had blacked out games.
The Glazers apparently will have none of that, despite thousands of single upper deck seats available on gameday for every home game.
Team Glazer put its foot down this season. They didn’t let any games get blacked out. Somehow, Bryan and Joel are gobbling up tickets and eating the cost.
That should let any thinking Bucs fan know how important ticket sales are to the Glazers. For Joe, their sparing Bucs fans blackouts is an indicator that ticket sales might be their No. 1 priority when determining who coaches the Bucs in 2010.
It also tells Joe know that an unexpectedly big turnout on Sunday could help Raheem The Dream a lot more than one more victory.