The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acknowledged ticket sales remain sluggish, due in part to the area's economy.
Today, they announced another move toward addressing the issue, unveiling two so-called "half-season" ticket plans that will allow fans more flexibility.
There are two available plans. The Red Plan includes games against the Titans (preseason), Panthers, Redskins, Saints and Chargers. The Pewter Plan offers games against the Patriots (preseason), Chiefs, Falcons, Eagles and Rams.
"We're leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to maximize home-field advantage," Brian Ford, Bucs vice president of business administration said. "The half-season plan is designed to give a greater number of Bucs fans more chances to come out and support their team on Sundays."
Pricing varies but plans will be discounted compared to individual-game tickets, the team said. Also, seats are available in general-admission and club-seat sections.
While these plans offer fans more options, the mere fact the Bucs are offering them is more evidence the team is still struggling to sell tickets amid a down economy that is compounded by the team's 4-12 finish in 2011. The Bucs are one of three teams to take advantage of the NFL's optional softened television blackout restrictions, allowing blackouts to be lifted if 85 percent of non-premium seats are sold at least 72 hours before kickoff.
According to co-chairman Bryan Glazer, the Bucs still can't say whether blackouts can be avoided because the pace of sales isn't where it needs to be.
"We want to give our fans every opportunity to watch as many games as they can this year," he said. "But I cannot stand here today and predict how many there will be (on television). But we're hopeful there will be more games on television than last year."
The Bucs have had 13 of their past 15 regular-season games blacked out dating to 2010.