Co-chairman Bryan Glazer not certain about blackouts
Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer is encouraged by the recent activity in his team’s ticket office, but he stopped well short of promising televised games this season, even in light of the decision to lower the threshold for lifting TV blackouts.
Speaking with reporters at a well-attended open practice tonight at Raymond James Stadium, Glazer said sales are brisker but televised games still are “not a slam dunk.”
“We want to give our fans every opportunity to win as many games as they can this year,” he said. “But I cannot stand here today and predict how many there will be. But we’re hopeful there will be more games on television than last year.”
The Bucs were the only team in the NFL known to take advantage of the NFL’s softened blackout rules. The league gave teams the option to lower the sales requirement for lifting blackouts to 85 percent of general-admission seats. Previously, 100 percent of those seats were required to be sold in order to show games on television in markets within 75 miles.
Glazer is not dismayed by where things stand.
“I’m not disappointed,” he said. “The economy is very tough here. We have been hit harder than almost any other community in the county, as you know. So, these are Buc fans, and when they can afford to come, they’ll come. I’m excited.
“I know they’re going to fill this place up.”
Regarding the extensive changes made in the franchise, including the hiring of Greg Schiano, Glazer expressed satisfaction.
“He’s been beyond our expectations,” Glazer said. “He came here and he’s really taken to the community. The fans have taken to him in such a way that’s been great. And the team has, too. The players who have been here before, plus the players who are new are really responding to him.”