12/30/10, "The NFL won't have a single home-market
television blackout going into its last week of regular-season play, but the 23 blackouts that preceded Week 17
can't be shrugged off. Those 23 blackouts eclipsed last year's 22 and are the most the NFL has had since it hit 30 in 2004
. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For perspective, the team
- went an entire season without showing a home game in their own market.
-- owned by billionaire and Manchester United owner Malcom Glazer and still contending for a wild card spot in the playoffs -- had the NFL fining Tampa bars for streaming games from the Internet and busloads of
There were times
- fans traveling more than 100 miles to Fort Myers to watch games.
this season, especially during games against the defending champion New Orleans Saints, the division-leading Atlanta Falcons and the Pittsburgh Steelers that this organization was almost
- willing fans away from Raymond James(RJF_) Stadium."...
from The Street.com, "NFL blackouts a black eye as season ends
" via Lucianne.com