It’s Official: TV Blackout On Saturday

August 17th, 2010

To nobody’s surprise, Team Glazer is sitting on a mountain of unsold tickets for Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Chiefs and the game will not be aired live locally, so reports

Most people call it a blackout.

WFLA-TV, Ch. 8 will show the game on tape delay Sunday at 11 a.m.

Of course, will deliver its typical in-your-face, hard-hitting game coverage Saturday night.  Last week, Joe delivered about 10 posts here before other media had two or three.

And while you deal with this news, Joe advises you checkout Don’t get screwed on opening day.

45 Responses to “It’s Official: TV Blackout On Saturday”

  1. Hanzo508 Says:

    Will this mean i cant follow the game on Nfl Gamecast?

  2. pete Says:

    Will be tuning to Mean Gene Deckerhoff.

    I am not sure even free tickets would get me to go see a pre-season game vs the Chiefs.

    As far as the regular season goes, every game should have plenty of tickets out side the stadium…even the Pittsburgh game.

  3. Capt.Tim Says:

    Really sad. But I think the economy has a lot to do with it. But still really sad

  4. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Pete – Don’t be so sure about extra seats outside the stadium. The season ticket holders that routinely had extra tickets are a large majority of those who gave them up.

  5. Patrick Says:


    Really, the main reason is the product on the field. In 2007 and 2008, the economy was already in a crisis and the Bucs managed to sell out all their games.

  6. BigMacAttack Says:

    The problem is the Fans. Everything else is just a cop out. Everybody has an excuse or a reason or whatever. It’s all BS. We are really lucky to have an NFL team. One of 32 very fortunate cities. Do they charge too much? Yes. Do they make big profits? Yes. Are we happy with every move they make? No. Everybody that gave up tickets has some BS excuse, but the facts are that this team could be worse. We could have a crappy stadium and we don’t. We could have miserable weather and we don’t. We could live in Freakin Cleveland and we don’t. The night games are great, cool and relaxed. I know a lot of you Diehard F-ckers live out of state and you can’t help that, but a lot of you guys do live here and can afford to go to a games, but would rather whine about Raheem or the team. Well you Suck, and now you get your medicine. Why doesn’t Joe go to the games???? C’mon man, business is good at JBF, break down and buy some tickets. Give away some to a lucky reader. How about all these advertisers on this site? Do they go to the games? Nobody gives a $hit. That’s the problem. It’s all talk. Blah blah blah blah blah. ES&BATFM

  7. The D Says:

    I think a big reason no one goes is because we dont have star power. We are a young team with guys who are trying to make a name for themselves and im excited about that, but our bandwagon fans dont share that excitement. Going from 100k on a waiting list to blackouts in 1 year is a disgrace to this area. That would never happen in Green bay or Pittsburgh.

  8. topdoggie Says:

    What would the product have to do with pre-season. They don’t count win or lose. When I had my season tickets it sucked being forced to buy preseason at the same price as a regular game. It should have been a little less. It is fun to see some of the up and comeing rookies.

  9. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    BigMac – Don’t start bashing Joe for not being a season ticket holder. Joe’s hardly a rich man, and Joe does go to games. He just doesn’t do the season thing anymore. That said, Joe’s got his seat for Saturday night, as Joe would never miss a game.

  10. Patrick Says:

    Why the hell do they have to this blackout crap during the preseason? Isn’t it common that there’s always empty seats at preseason games?? When I was watching the game on Saturday night, I saw A LOT of empty seats in Dolphin Stadium. So how the hell was the game on T.V?? And when I was watching it on NFL Network, they were showing the game on CBS 4 Miami. So the game obviously wasn’t blacked out locally over in Miami.

  11. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    Oh great ! Just how the hell am I supposed to see Brian Price play-errrrrrr… stand on the sidelines with ice on his hammy ?

  12. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    Can’t wait for th 18 game season with only 2 preseason games! We would only have one more weekend of pre season left. Instead we have three and the rest of the month.

    Joe, even when Tampa was winning you could find tickets all around the stadium with ease and a lot of times you could buy them below face. I know a couple of scalpers and they say the Bucs games are terrible to try to sell scalped tickets, no market hardly. I can’t imagine how bad it is with Rasheen.

    Look, the Glazers made the decision to put Rasheen in charge. Now the Glazers are gonna see just how many Tampons are willing to pay to see Rasheen ‘coach it up’!

  13. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Javier, sorry, but for a couple of yeras tickets very, very hard to get outside the stadium at a decent price. No way. Maybe a stray single ticket, but not two or more together.

  14. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    How many years ago are you talking about? The year after the Super Bowl?

    Tickets have been available. Go to the ole Buc Back yard tailgate, you could find some there. And within the past 4-5 years, tickets were easy to find.

    Now there is no demand. You could go on ticket master and buy them outright, in the second level, at face value.

    Again, no body wants to pay to see Raheem, that’s just the way it is.

  15. eric Says:

    As bad as it hurts now, will be ten times worse when it happens in regular season.

    If they do not beat Cleveland, may not have a home sell out all year. Really need a win in that one.

    If it smells at all like 2009 folks just won’t pay for that crap.

  16. Joe Says:

    Guys, you’ll be able to watch the game, it just won’t be until Sunday morning.

  17. Pete Dutcher Says:


    I think you bring up an interesting point.

    Also, Preseason Games are tool for the team, not just to choose the best players, but also to show fans there is a reason to buy regular season tickets. PErsonally, I think Preseason Games should be free.

    However…in this case, I understand the need to blackout. If they do, maybe things will sink in with the fans.

    But still…we’re a town that has seen horrible football last year. In order for the fans to fully grasp what they could be missing, shouldn’t they at least actually see the project?

    Either way, I’ll be seeing the game.

  18. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Joe, I’m wondering also…I thought games have to be sold out 72 hours before a game? Wouldn’t that mean before 1 pm Wednesday in this case?

  19. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    Bucs fans from all over are going to crash Ticketmasters website when they find out they are going to miss the chance to watch the Cleveland Brown’s back-ups.

    The rush to buy tickets for this hot commodity will be astronomical now . Good move Glazers !

  20. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    CHiefs I mean…

  21. Javier n Wimauma Says:


    “If it smells at all like 2009 folks just won’t pay for that crap.”

    I know, I know 🙂

    Nobody wants to pay to see Raheem, that’s just the way it is.

  22. Javier n Wimauma Says:


    “Bucs fans from all over are going to crash Ticketmasters website when they find out they are going to miss the chance to watch the Cleveland Brown’s back-ups.”


    To bad anyone who knows anyone that ‘still’ is buying season tickets knows that they can get pre-season tickets for free.

    You would be best to roam around the stadium looking for tickets way below face anyway.

  23. Bucallday Says:

    Will they still show the game on nfl network?

  24. Patrick Says:


    Ok, I know that this blackout stuff has been discussed on here before, but I’m still a little confused.

    I live in Texas, surrounded by boys and texans fans. For the past several years, I’ve been going to a restaurant to watch them on Sunday ticket. I should be good right?? I don’t know how they can blackout Sunday ticket because that means fans of the team we’re playing can’t watch it either.

  25. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    When I say free, I mean free from the season ticket holders themselves. There were guys that couldn’t even give them away at work several years ago. Now those same probably don’t even have season tickets.

    And to think at one time there was a waiting list so long that you never thought you would ever get called… and now, the Buccaneer ticket office has turned into a tele marketing phone bank, all but harrassing people who were on the list. I asked thme to remove me form the list so I wouldn’t get any more phone calls. I remember a few years ago they called for the first time and i was like, cool, okay… but the only tickets they would sell me were the ones in the upper deck. I said the hell with that, give me level 2 tickets. So they didn’t get my money then. Now I go to ticket master and I could buy level 2 tickets from ticket master themselves! LOL!!!

    Remember when everyone ‘knew’ when the Bucs tickets would go on sale, and the very second the hour struck, everyone would surge ticket master trying to get in and buy tickets? Then turn around and sell them on ebay for nearly twice the price? Remember the good ole days?

  26. Joe Says:


    You are safe.

  27. Joe Says:


    Will they still show the game on nfl network?

    Perhaps. Depends on where you live and when the NFL Network plans to broadcast the game. If you live in the Tampa/Orlando area, NFL Network will black out the game until the local Bucs affiliate televises the game first.

  28. Joe Says:


    Apparently the Bucs had sold so few tickets that there was zero chance of selling out by 7 p.m. Wednesday.

  29. Patrick Says:

    Wow what a relief!!! I get to watch my Bucs!!

    Btw, happy birthday to Chucky

  30. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    How DARE you wish Happy Birthday to Chucky in this community Patrick!

  31. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    Yeah Patrick! What nerve!

  32. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    Bingo! Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding… this is what is wrong with the Buccaneer’s community.

    Most of these morons adore the Tony Dungy era to a flaw. So much so that they have villanized the only coach to win the Buccaneers a Super Bowl. In fact they have actually officially given credit to Dungy for the Super Bowl. This fan base cried and cried and cried and cried and cried (that’s 5 years worth of crying) until the Glazers fired Gruden. Now the fanbase has Raheem Morris. And they are happy??? I think the blackouts prove otherwise about the happiness.

  33. Capt.Tim Says:

    Glad to see the slow squad celebrating the Blackout! Congrats! Meybe we can go 0-16, just to cheer you losers up! Then, they can move the team to LA! That way you jackoffs can finally be happy! Way to be a Buc Fan, pinheads!

  34. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    Calm down “Javier n Wimauma”, I was only kiding! I harbor no ill will towards Gruden.

    So just relax buddy.

  35. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    I knew you were kidding… that wasn’t directed at you.

  36. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    Alright, cool.

  37. goodfellajay Says:

    watch it sunday

  38. pete Says:

    Most of the Bucs tickets listed on EBAY are from ticket brokers.

    Most of the plentiful tickets outside the stadium were also in the hands of ticket brokers.

    And those remaining season ticket holders will struggle to sell any tickets they don’t plan to use at anything near face value. Excpet maybe the Pittsburgh game.

  39. Rich Says:

    The game on September 12th will not be shown in Ft. Myers…the Dolphins are on the road and take precedence since it’s the Dolphins home market.

  40. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @Javier n Wimauma

    In a way, I understand your frustrations. While Gruden was here, everyone complained and wanted him gone. Now they say “We shouldn’t have fired a winning coach!”

    It was the same thing during Grudens tenure concerning the players. Fans complained that our team was getting so old they needed to use walkers to get on the field. “We need to go young!” They said.

    Yet, any time Gruden and Allen released an older player to replace with a younger one, the fans slammed them, the media slammed then…it was a no win situation.

    I’m no Gruden hater…I had always tried to remain objective, and I actually thought he had turned a corner with the team the last year he coached here…I thought he should have had one more year.

    That said, I wasn’t heart-broken when he left either. I was surprised that Morris got the job though. Don’t get me wrong, I like Morris too, but I knew he was very inexperienced…as it proved out in the season.

    In fact, by the time half the season was over, I was pretty steamed about Morris. Both coordinators fired, Talib smacking cabbie drivers, Jackson suspended, Faine injured and they get Mahan to replace him (which I know cost us games) and the effort to go into new schemes (both on offense and defense).

    But then Raheem did something Gruden never did…he recognized his mistakes, and instead of piling more on top of them, he changed directions and admitted the mistakes. Gruden never, never did that.

    And since then, things have only improved. Couple that with two very good drafts and we’re well on the way to being a contender again. We have a coach who adjusts on the fly, instead of one who is so stuck in his ways he resists change.

    Remember Chris Simms and the trouble he had throwing over opponents heads? All Gruden had to do is use the shotgun…but that year he refused. Simms turned out to be a dud anyway, but at least Raheem is adjusting to the talent on the team and not trying to pigeon hole them into what he wants them to be.

  41. BigMacAttack Says:

    Joe, I wasn’t bashing, I was prodding. When have I ever bashed you????

    So is Joe going or are Joes going???

    Joe, WTF, the Bucs should be giving you guys Press Passes on the field, all access. You guys deserve it as much as the TV boys with their own agendas. JBF = Fair & Balanced. We report, you decide.

  42. McBuc Says:

    Javier…Lighten up Francis…

  43. Javier n Wimauma Says:


    I agreed with your intro and a few paragraph after… but when you startes talking about the ‘alleged’ Raheem adjustments vs the ‘alleged’ Non adjustmenys about Gruden and then went on to say that we are well on our way in such a positive direction that soon we will be contenders if we continue down this path with Raheem…. well I 100% disagree with that non-sense.

    But you started off good.

    And yes, I wasn’t upset when they let Gruden go, it wasn’t that much of a surprise, except for the timing.

    But I do question the Glazer brats moved thereafter… hiring Raheem Mr inexperience, as the HC, cutting Brooks, Dunn, Galloway, and the WR from Florida without giving them a nice little thank you ceremony. I mean those guys were part of a couple division titles even aftet the super bowl. Galloway had a nice few years here. I mean pay these guys who put it on the line some respect. It took the Bucs ovet a year to give Brooks a retirement press confernce and that was just another day in Buc land.

    The Glazer brats have left their marks on the present day Bucs organization, they deserve every blacked out home game until they bring in some REAL football experience.

    And stop it already with thw Bucs having a great draft, these guys haven’t even played a game yet! Gaines Adams (RIP) and Aaron Sears was ‘considered’ a nice draft before that season too.

    What happens i Benn turns out to be a bust? Dummy traded a 5th to move up 3 spots… would you still call it spectacular? I think Dummy threw away a 5th because of his inexperience.

  44. McBuc Says:

    Javier…It is none that the Bucs handled Brooks poorly, but how could they have announced his retirement any sooner than they did?

    You get on people’s case about saying the draft was good, I get that, and you get on people’s case that think that the Bucs are going in the right direction right now, I do not get that. We are seeing the team look more organized and better prepared…at least in the one game we have to judge them. The same logic you use works against you. What if Benn turns out to be great, than moving up may have been the right thing to do. You do not know that one of the other teams would not have nabbed him. Dom is a first time GM, but he has been around the team for a while. He has made some bad moves and some good moves, the same could be said about McKay and Allen. I say the Bucs are undefeated in regular season play at this moment, and the future is looking pretty good. I know, I know, “we are paper thin, if anyone gets hurt we are screwed” or something along those lines. Maybe, but maybe not, and all teams are in that boat to some extent. you are one negative SOB.

  45. McBuc Says:

    That should have been it is known…