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Them large amount of people saying “Yes. I won’t have to use one of those pirate Internet feeds” and “Yes. I’ll switch from radio to TV” will make far more money for the team/league than the few saying “Yes. I’ll go to fewer Bucs games”. Especially since those that don’t go to the games will in turn watch the games on TV bringing in more money for the league/team. This is a winning situation for all parties involved.
The percentage of people that buy tickets just because a game is blacked out is likely very small to begin with (at least here in Tampa). Thus, the black out rule doesn’t make much economic sense to begin with. I am thrilled that the Glazers took advantage of the new rule. Has any other team done so, yet?
The only reason I’m happy about this new rule is it’ll give my 92 year old mother the ability to once again watch her favorite team. She hasn’t been able to go with us to the games for the last 10 years or so, and it never bothered her until they started blacking out our home games. Our crew is @ Raymond James every home game regardless.
Things wouldn’t change for me regardless. I live in Colorado and pay my DirecTV subscription for the Sunday Ticket package. However, if I lived in Tampa, my situation also wouldn’t have changed because I’d have season tickets every year. I’m a fan, and when the team is good I wanna watch them play good, when they’re bad I wanna watch them play bad. I don’t care, I’m gonna go to the games. Of course, I’d rather have them be good, but am realistic enough to know it’s not possible to be good every year, or every game.