Yes, you read correctly. This Saturday’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium may be blacked out. So, if Bucs’ fans want to sit back and enjoy sloppy, mediocre football on their television, they’ll either have to cough up a regular-season ticket price and go to the game or travel 50-miles away from Tampa in order to catch it on Direct TV. Nope, I’m not kidding.
The NFL is chalk full of ridiculous rules and antics, and they’re upsetting fans everywhere by absolutely robbing us of any pro football enjoyment. Does the NFL actually expect us to pay a regular-season ticket price to go to a game that’ll feature the starters for maybe 30 minutes? Preseason football is typically horrendous and boring, not to mention Buccaneer preseason games are often delayed due to inclement weather. If you live in the Bay area and you’ve gone to a preseason game, you know what I mean.
There’s no way a blue-collared working man is going to pay $60 for 300 level seats to watch fourth string kids and journeymen try to make a team. Let’s say Mr. Blue-Collar wants to take his family. He’s easily looking at $240 in tickets and another $100 in concessions for four people, as well as $20 or more in parking. That’s a pretty hefty price to admire a bunch of “What’s His Face’s” and “Who’s He’s?”
The NFL needs to readjust and change this preseason ruling quickly or else every team will be blacked out during the exhibition season. Not a single person likes it and we all just sit around praying the regular season approaches faster than it does.
Thank goodness for the Fantasy Draft.