Another Blackout; $30 Seats PlentifulSeptember 27th, 2012
[UPDATE: The Redskins-Bucs game is officially blacked out.]
The Bucs-Redskins television blackout will be made official at 4:25 p.m. today.
Why is Joe so certain? Well, first and foremost, reams of $30 tickets, including all fees, remain available on TicketMaster.com for Sunday’s game. This was not the case before the blacked out home-opener against Carolina.
That’s a lousy sign, especially with Sunday’s weather forecast calling for a kickoff temperature of 85 degrees, a flimsy chance of rain and tolerable humidity. Yes, the local economy is rough, but there are loads of locals around that can afford a $30 ticket.
Opening day against the Panthers had an official attendance total of 51,533 (aka tickets distributed). Actual attendance was 46,758 (butts in the seats) per the Tampa Sports Authority. On Sunday, expect something approaching those totals — not good enough to meet 85-percent-of-non-premium-seats threshold to get the game on TV.