Projecting Blackouts

April 19th, 2013

Joe’s been hit with a the same question repeatedly since the Bucs released their 2013 schedule last night, “Hey, Joe, you think there will be any game blacked out from local TV this season?”

Joe’s answer is simple, “Of course.”

With or without Darrelle Revis, nobody should expect some sort of Bucs box office stampede before the season, or during the season, barring a shock-the-world winning streak.

Given that the Saints game in Tampa was televised last year, Joe surely expects the Saints-Bucs home opener on Sept. 15 to be on TV. Also expect to have the night games against Carolina (Thursday, 10/24) and Miami (Monday, 11/11) bust the blackout threshold and be televised.

As for the other games, Joe is hopeful annoying Eagles fans, Michael Vick fans and bearable weather will push that Sunday, Oct. 13 game onto the local airwaves. But that’s about it. Joe’s expecting blackouts for the Cardinals, Falcons, Bills and Niners. A Warren Sapp Ring of Honor Day, of course, could change that.

So that’s half a home season on TV, under that scenario. It still sucks, but it’s an improvement. Hopefully, the Bucs can get another game on TV — a home playoff game.

7 Responses to “Projecting Blackouts”

  1. Adam Says:

    Real fans go to games.

  2. JFK Says:

    Who cares go to the game!

  3. Celly Says:

    I’m going to try to drive down from Atlanta the weekend after my birthday (vs. Bills).

    Go Bucs!!

  4. stevek Says:

    Go Bucs!

    Hope they can fill 85% of the stadium by utilizing 70% of the payroll?

  5. pewterpirate99 Says:

    home playoff game…….HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That will depend on three things, getting Darrelle Revis, our so called defensive line staying healthy and imposing their will on the offense they’re playing against, and how many interceptions Freebird throws.

  6. German buc Says:

    We come every Year for 2 Games to Tampa from Germany . There is nothing better to Enjoy a Game.

  7. Capt. Tim Says:

    SteveK- lol! I think those two are related topics.

    Hate to see that stadium empty. So many empty seats in the upper decks. I remember that place ROCKING!! It really was the 12 man. Now, we count on other teams Fans to fill the place.

    Sad times.

    Thanks Dom