Wins Won’t Necessarily Bring SelloutsAugust 20th, 2010
Outside of watching SportsCenter, nothing turns Joe’s stomach like reading bogus information in the newspaper.
So Joe was annoyed while reading a St. Pete Times story Thursday by Stephen Holder about Bucs attendance and blackouts.
It included the following paragraphs:
But as it relates to the Bucs, specifically, they’ve never had a problem drawing when they’re playing well.
If they can get back to that, and do it soon, Raymond James Stadium has a chance to be full yet again.
The facts force Joe to disagree. The Bucs indeed have had trouble drawing when they’re playing well.
The team’s decline in attendance really started strong when Giants fans infested Raymond James Stadium for the Bucs’ last playoff game following the 2007 season. That was a massive, painful red flag to see that huge sea of blue.
Then in 2008, on Mike Alstott Night on Sunday Night Football, the 4-2 Buccaneers had plenty of seats at nearly all prices available via TicketMaster on gameday. Lots of empty seats at kickoff, too. (All those actual attendance records are kept neatly and publicly for all to see.)
Mike Alstott Night!
Joe is quite certain Team Glazer and/or the mystery ticket goblins began eating unsold tickets early in 2008, despite the Bucs’ strong 9-3 start.
A great Bucs start in 2010 will generate lots of wonderful excitement, but Joe doesn’t see anything short of a legitimate playoff run (think 6-4 start at minimum) actually generating a sellout. With this current economy and roster, it’s going to be a long road back to televised games.