Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Surge in Ticket Sales Shows Renewed Optimism from Fans
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slowly seeing season-ticket buyers come back, and that can only be attributed to a positive reaction among the fans to the changes the organization has made recently.
According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the rate of renewal from last year's season-ticket-holder base has been exceptional, which could be a sign of things to come in Tampa Bay.
While this would not sound like exciting news for most NFL franchises, this is huge news for the Buccaneers' organization considering the team compiled a laughably bad 4-12 record a season ago despite being hailed as one of the rising teams in the league.
However, the way the organization has responded to the disastrous season has been exceptional to date, and the fans have taken notice.
The hiring of head coach Greg Schiano has effectively provided a culture change for the organization, and continuing on this path will only lead to more wins.
Tampa Bay fielded a talented team in 2011 but underachieved, so some of the pieces are already in place for the team to bounce back. The missing pieces appear to have been found through a variety of great free-agent signings and draft selections.
To address the woeful secondary, the Bucs signed free-agent corner Eric Wright, who, despite a recent DUI arrest, will be a solid contributor. The drafting of strong safety Mark Barron gives the secondary a prospect who has the potential to be an elite player down the road.
Offensively, the organization went out and got a true No. 1 receiver in Vincent Jackson, and one of the best guards in the NFL in Carl Nicks. Add in the selection of rookie running back Doug Martin, and the Buccaneers could have an elite offense in 2012.
It says something about the job the Bucs' organization has done when fans are still buying up tickets despite a 4-12 season. The fanbase is smart to see the unlimited potential of the roster, and will likely get to see a quality product on the field next season.
Ticket sales have been hard to come by in Florida for NFL teams, but Tampa Bay can buck that trend if this string of good decisions keeps up. If and when the wins start piling up next season, both the fans and the organization will benefit.
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