Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opted to take advantage of the league’s new blackout policy and lowered their blackout threshold to 85%, they haven’t managed to sell enough tickets to keep Friday night’s game against the New England Patriots from being blacked out locally.
We posted this after new that the Bucs’ first preseason home game would be blacked out, but it still applies:
Why would fans not buy enough tickets?
Perhaps it’s because NFL owners charge regular season prices for preseason games, despite the fact that preseason games are clearly an inferior product. Or perhaps it’s because the Bucs have suffered so many blackouts over the last few years that fans have quit following the team.
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Indeed, it may seem that the Bucs — and the NFL — are finally seeing what happens when you black out a fan base — no one cares anymore.
While the Bucs deserve credit for trying to lower their blackout threshold, the NFL and its band of owners still insist on enforcing blackouts despite how unethical and ultimately futile they are.
Don’t be surprised if there are more blackouts for the Bucs this season given the NFL’s insistence on killing any interest that Bucs fans may have in the beginning of the season…