Fort Myers Won’t Suffer Blackout BluesJuly 28th, 2010
Joe’s research as to where “blacked out” Bucs home games would air in greater West Central Florida has hit a road block.
Joe has confirmed from FOX-TV in Cape Coral that the station will air blacked out Bucs games to the greater Fort Myers TV market. As for the Orlando or Gainesville television markets, the Bucs media relations team has not given Joe an answer as to whether fans will be able to view a blacked out game in those regions.
Joe knows many fans are eager to know how they can watch their beloved Bucs, especially fans who can’t afford to go to a game, let alone enjoy themselves there.
The Bucs are trying their darndest to sell tickets in a tough economy coming off a 3-13 season. But it’s a tough proposition, especially with the Rays poised for an exciting pennant race and very likely a playoff run.
The Bucs have slashed ticket prices for many seats down to as low as $35 for adults, but per Joe’s conversations with the team’s ticket office, those seats are on the east side of the stadium in the upper deck. In other words, those fans will battle the sun in their eyes in addition to heat on many game days.
Those discount seats are still available, and Team Glazer twice mentioning a likelihood of television blackouts publicly should be an indicator that it’s going to happen for the first time since the 1990s.
Joe will keep pressing to get answers on the blackout parameters for his readers. And Joe also will be rolling out some blackout relief next week.