Tampa Bay is getting used to it by now, but the NFL will black out another Bucs season-opener this weekend. Even with the reduced 85% capacity threshhold, the team didn't appear to come close to selling enough tickets.
It's more evidence that the NFL's off-season "concessions" weren't a concession to fans at all. After all, it's not like the NFL was really all that desperate to sell a few thousand more tickets with $9 billion in annual revenue...
It should also come as no surprise that, according to Forbes, every single NFL teams' franchise values held steady or jumped again this year. The top-ranked Cowboys are up to $2.1 billion; the Buccaneers are up a bit to $1.03 billion; and the Vikings, on the heels of a billion-dollar new stadium subsidy, jumped a league-high 22 percent to $975 million.
The Bucs' boost in value, however, won't do much to console fans of the Glazer's other team, Manchester United. Many scooped up the team's stock on the NYSE in July at $14/share, but it has since slipped to around $12.7/share and as the "Sports & Monsters" blog points out, all fans were really buying was worthless souvenirs to hang on their walls.