Bucs-Crows Local Broadcast On Friday Night

August 5th, 2013

It is extremely unlikely the Bucs will sell out the first preseason game Thursday against the Baltimore Crows (the 72-hour deadline to sell 85 percent of non-premium seats to prevent an NFL blackout is this evening). For all practical reasons, if you want to see the game live, there will be ample tickets available both at the box office and via the secondary market.

Barring the unforeseen, the Bucs’ local TV home of preseason football, WFLA-TV Channel 8, will broadcast the game on a tape-delayed basis Friday with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m., so Joe was told by a longtime trusted source at WFLA-TV.

The broadcast of the final home preseason game against the Redskins has not been determined, partially because of a very, very, very scant chance the game could sell out.

NFL Network will have tape-delayed broadcast of the Bucs-Crows game at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

20 Responses to “Bucs-Crows Local Broadcast On Friday Night”

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    This might be a really dumb question but I’m gonna ask anyways.

    On the 4 letter sports network website, it has the Ravens@Bucs pre-season game at 2700 tickets left. What am I missing here? According to that, this game should easily be a sell out already.

    In fact there are no more than 5600 tickets left for any Bucs home games, according to them which also is more than enough for a sell out.

    What am I misisng here? I know nothing about ticket sales so can someone help me out here?

    The Bucs don’t release ticket information like that to anyone. Why would they? It’s not reliable what you’re seeing. Data on Ticketmaster.com only reflects tickets released into their system. So you can’t go by that, either. –Joe

  2. Couch Fan Says:

    Thanks Joe.

  3. Joe Says:

    Couch Fan:

    Todd McShay’s mock drafts are more accurate than Ticketmaster’s counter.

  4. the_buc_realist Says:

    Crap, I have to wait until Friday night to watch Freeman throw picks???

  5. aj Says:

    didn’t they used to replay it just a few hours later on the same night? now we have to wait a whole day?? :((

  6. Pete 422 Says:

    All pre-season games should be shown on TV, good grief.

  7. Jason77 Says:

    It should matter, if the game are soldout! They should televise games
    to get the “FAN’S” excited about the upcoming season.

  8. Andrew 1 Says:

    so they are not going to replay the game a couple hours after it goes live like last season?

  9. Bucnut Says:

    Teams don’t black out games. Bad fan bases do. Heard it before from fans “I’ll spend money when the Glazers spend money” They already have now its the fans turn.

  10. Stanglassman Says:

    Good thinking Bucnut. Fans that can only afford to go to a few games if that a year should pay to watch the starters play one series and should choose a full price game that is little more than a dress up practice. It’s ridiculous that the NFL make season ticket holders pay for these games at all even dumber that they black it out if its not 85% sold out. It use to be worth it for the owners to buy the last tix for tax write offs and local advertising, what happened?

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Bucnut makes a very good point.

    the_buc_realist Says: August 5th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Crap, I have to wait until Friday night to watch Freeman throw picks???”

    Freeman will only play a series along with the other starters.

  12. Couch Fan Says:


    So they should only charge the people who cant afford to go to every regular season game ?

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

  13. D-Rome Says:

    I don’t care. I’ll throw down my hard earned money on the real thing, not pre-season.

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    They shouldn’t charge anyone full price for a glorified practice. If you can only afford to go to one or two games in a year you may not choose a game that the starters play very little and doesn’t count toward your win loss total. I can’t dumb it down anymore than that, hopefully you understand.

  15. Couch Fan Says:

    Now that I can agree with. Charging anyone full price for an exhibition is senseless.

  16. Bojacksonsucks Says:

    I’d put it on the local station to buy up the tickets as a Pewter Partner. They’d make more money for ad time for football than the crappy shows on NBC.

  17. Joe Says:


    I’d put it on the local station to buy up the tickets as a Pewter Partner. They’d make more money for ad time for football than the crappy shows on NBC.

    This is just it. If local TV stations that carry the game if not blacked out knew they could make money doing so, there would not be any blackouts. They can’t sell enough ads (or charge enough for them) to buy up the tickets.

  18. Bucco D Says:

    If local tv doesn’t profit from airing the pre season games or if the broadcast doesn’t generate much ad revenue why pay the Bucs for the right to broadcast the games? When only 2 of the 4 games will be seen locally?

  19. Bucwatch Says:

    Little help …what are those internet websites that will show the live game anyways? Legit or not we have to find a way. Fans will show up to the real games. Paying full rack for pre-season is a crime.

  20. olesurfer Says:

    I live 150 miles from the stadium. I live on the east coast of Florida and the game is blacked out here.
    Dish network chooses to black us out . I don’t understand the reason Palm Coast should be designated as a blacked out area. Can somebody explain this in plain English, not legal gibberish.