Buccaneers still have work to do selling tickets

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping to avoid being blacked out for the entire season like they were a year ago but work remains to be done.

The Bucs were not on local television once last season, even failing to sell out against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team with large national appeal. On the heels of the team’s 10-win season, the Bucs are expecting to do better at the gate in 2011.

We are hoping that this happens this year," owner Bryan Glazer said Saturday night at practice, according to Pewter Report. "Obviously the economy is still in bad shape here in the Tampa Bay area, but we think as the team wins, continues to move forward, the plan continues that the fans will start coming back yes.

“There is an increase in obviously the popularity of the two night games, but we still have a ways to go," Glazer said. "We are still...the economy is still in the same situation it has been. We still have tickets to sell."

While in some cities the NFL’s lockout had an impact on ticket sales, Glazer believes any effect his club felt has disappeared now that football is back in business.

"I think at this point today as we stand today most people are pretty much beyond that I think,” he said. “The season has started as the same day it would have started anyways. Training camp started on time. So I think with all that said I think it is kind of in the rear view mirror right now."

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