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Buccaneers raise season ticket prices by 20% despite still losing

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are increasing their season ticket prices, with the cheapest tickets going from $30 to $40 per game, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. That's a hefty price increase, but the Bucs haven't increased their prices since 2008, instead dropping prices from $83.96 in 2008 to $62.35 in 2015, again per Cummings.

The Bucs have seen ticket sales steadily increase over the past years despite consistently putting out a losing product. The last time the Bucs delivered a winning product was in 2010 -- the first of three years the team dealt with local blackouts. But thanks to rising ticket sales and NFL rule changes, as well as the team's commitment to preventing blackouts, every game since 2013 has been televised locally.

The rise in ticket prices is undoubtedly connected to the energy and optimism Jameis Winston's presence has brought to the fanbase. It'd be nice if this increase in ticket prices actually came with an increase in wins, though.