Monday, June 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Carolina Panthers game will be blacked out locally

TAMPA — The Bucs confirmed Thursday what had been expected for days: Ticket sales for Sunday's season opener against the Panthers fell short and the game will not be shown on local television.

Per NFL rules, when sales do not reach a minimum threshold — in the Bucs' case that's 85 percent of nonpremium seating — at least 72 hours prior to kickoff, games are not permitted to be aired in television markets within 75 miles.

Last Friday, the Bucs said 9,000 such seats were unsold, making it unlikely they could move that many in six days. It's unclear how many seats remain unsold, but a search of Ticket­master.com on Thursday showed a number of seats at $45 and up.

There was optimism that the game could surpass the blackout threshold given the number of incentives. The game is billed as a celebration of Ronde Barber's 200th consecutive start, marked by discounted concessions, free parking and a fan giveaway.

It's also the first game of the Greg Schiano era, and the new coach has been selling his team as a group that fans can be proud of.

"We need to make the Bucs the buzz again," Schiano said Tuesday at a local chamber of commerce event. "I promise you these (players) and my coaching staff, we are going to do our part on the field. If you will do your part in your communities, we will make that stadium, Raymond James Stadium, the biggest homefield advantage in the National Football League."

Co-chairman Bryan Glazer appealed to business leaders, saying the Bucs wanted to "re-establish an atmosphere that will fuel our team and frustrate our opponents.''

Two regular-season Bucs games aired on local television in the past two seasons. In 2010, all eight regular-season games were blacked out.

This season, to address the trend, the NFL allowed teams to reduce the number of ticket sales necessary to lift blackouts. Formerly, clubs had to sell 100 percent of nonpremium seats to lift blackouts. The Bucs settled on 85 percent, the minimum allowed.

For at least this week, even that was not enough.

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @HolderStephen.

Bucs 19th in average ticket price

The Bucs rank 19th out of the 32 NFL teams in average ticket price, according to Team Marketing Report's annual Fan Cost Index. Tampa Bay averages $69.72 for a general-seating ticket, a 2.4 percent decrease from last season, the fourth-largest decrease in the league. The league average ticket price is $78.38, up 2.5 percent from 2011, the report said. The Jets topped the Patriots, who have sold out every game since 1994, for the highest price by 10 cents ($117.84). Besides the Jets and Patriots, three other teams have nonsuite tickets selling for more than $100: Giants ($111.69), Bears ($110.91) and Cowboys ($110.20). The cheapest average tickets: Browns ($54.20), Bills ($58.36) and Jaguars ($59.54). The average cost for a family of four to buy general-seating tickets, two small beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size hats is $443.93, up 3.9 percent from last year, the report said. The Bucs average is $391.28, up 0.8 percent.

Times staff, wires

heady

The Bucs rank 19th out of the 32 NFL teams in average ticket price, according to Team Marketing Report's annual Fan Cost Index. Tampa Bay averages $69.72 for a general seating ticket, a 2.4 percent decrease from last season, the fourth-largest decrease in the league. The league average ticket price is $78.38, up 2.5 percent from 2011, the report said. The Jets topped the Patriots, who have sold out every game since 1994, for the highest price by 10 cents ($117.84). Besides the Jets and Patriots, three other teams have nonsuite tickets selling for more than $100: Giants ($111.69), Bears ($110.91) and Cowboys ($110.20). The teams with the cheapest average tickets: Browns ($54.20), Bills ($58.36) and Jaguars ($59.54). The average cost for a family of four to buy general seating tickets, two small beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size hats is $443.93, up 3.9 percent from last year, the report said. The Bucs average is $391.28, up 0.8 percent.

Times staff, wires

Comments
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Published: 06/23/18
Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Published: 06/23/18
Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

New details emerged Friday night about the Uber ride in Arizona in March 2016 that led to Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's three-game suspension to start the upcoming season, including the fact that Winston was in a car that night with a former Vand...
Published: 06/22/18
Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin, who has had as good an offseason as any Tampa Bay player, was on SiriusXM NFL radio for a scheduled interview on Thursday night, talking about a range of subjects, including the news of Jameis Winston's suspension to start...
Published: 06/22/18
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Published: 06/22/18
Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

There are so many sides to the Jameis Winston suspension, and it will continue to be a major Bucs story line through September and beyond. Here's some of the reactions and notes that have already emerged in the first 24 hours since news broke Thursda...
Published: 06/22/18
Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

TAMPA — Thursday was not the end of Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay, but it is in sight.Me? I was sitting at home. I was tired of the NBA draft, even with Tampa's Kevin Knox going to the New York Knicks.So I switched to the NFL Network. An episode ...
Published: 06/22/18
Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

There's no telling how much detail will be disclosed in what the NFL learned in its investigation that led to Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season, but some have already been reported in the first 24 hours s...
Published: 06/22/18
Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social ...
Published: 06/22/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended by the NFL for three games according to reports, and that number could go up if he doesn't meet certain criteria.Rick Stroud explains that the suspension is not for a failure to report the 2016 i...
Published: 06/22/18