Bryan Glazer: Blackouts, more cheap tickets coming
Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer stated the obvious – again – on Friday, saying the Sept. 11 season opener against Detroit is a virtual certainty to be blacked out on local television.
But he made it clear the team is doing more to ensure more fans are able to have access to affordable tickets.
Glazer said the team is in the process of adding more $35 entry level seats for the Lions game that will be available as single-game tickets. It’s a reaction to the pace of sales, which hasn’t picked up nearly as much as the Bucs would hope.
“Ticket sales are still slow,” Glazer told radio host Steve Duemig on 620-AM. “We’ve got the two nationally televised games (against the Colts and Cowboys) which are ahead of the other games this season (in sales). But we’re still a long ways to go this year. We’re just trying to be honest with the fans when we talk about how we expect the game next week to be blacked out. We just want to be realistic and not put expectations in people’s minds.”
NFL policy requires that games that do not sell out at least 72 hours before kickoff must be blacked out in television markets in a 75-mile radius. The Bucs, whose season-ticket base is estimated to be in neighborhood of 40,000, have more than 65,000 seats in Raymond James Stadium.
Also in the interview, Glazer responded to a question about the team’s philosophy of eschewing many free-agent signings, opting to go almost exclusively with its home-grown talent.
“Teams let players go for a reason,” he said. “Generally, there’s only been one or two difference-makers in the last 10 years who have been released by teams, players who went to another team and lasted seven, eight, nine years.
“We’re not looking for one-year solutions. I don’t think anybody is.”