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Can you afford to continue to be a Tampa Bay area sports fan?

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The price of watching sports in Tampa Bay area is going up. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced increases in their ticket prices Thursday as much as 10.5 percent. The Lightning currently has the lowest-priced tickets in the NHL at an average cost of $49.33. Team Marketing Report’s Fan Cost Index cites the Lightning as the third most affordable NHL experience for a family of four to attend and ESPN the Magazine recently ranked the Lightning third in professional sports and…

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Prices for Tampa Bay Bucs’ tickets sees substantial increase

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The football season of the Tampa Bay Bucs wasn’t good enough to keep coach Lovie Smith from being fired. It was good enough, evidently, for the Bucs to raise ticket prices. By a lot. The Bucs announced tickets were going up by an average of 21 percent.The new cost of a 10-game (two-preseason) package ranges from $400 to $1,260, a hefty price when the games are televised. “We are one of only two National Football League clubs that have not…

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Report: Tampa Police write more tickets than other agencies

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An analysis by The Tampa Bay Times showed that Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff’s offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined and more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state’s four other largest cities. And no other law enforcement agency in the state arrests more people than the Tampa Police Department. The paper reported that each arrest, each ticket, feeds into a formula that calculates an officer’s “productivity ratio”…

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WTSP: Inadequate warnings, aggressive ticketing and doubled fines plague St. Pete school zones

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Despite years of safety warnings from citizens and community leaders, St. Petersburg will finally begin to correct street signage to better caution drivers of approaching school crossings. The tipping point came after questions from WTSP/10 Investigates, featured in a new report first broadcast Tuesday night. Before the issue became public, however, St. Pete police may have issued thousands of incorrect tickets during the aggressive enforcement of reduced-speed zones. Reporter Noah Pransky discovered the rate of citations was like no other municipality in Tampa Bay. Strict…

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Lightning ticket policy leaves Blackhawk fans on outside, angry

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With money in his hand, does a sports fan have a right to buy a ticket? And what if it is in the home of the enemy? That seems to be at the core of the conversation in the hours before the Stanley Cup gets under way. The relatively new ticket policy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, which restricts the purchase of their tickets, is being discussed again. A lot of Chicago Blackhawk fans, it seem, are upset they will…

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Smoking gun proves Jamie Bennett knew about the political strategy of Ticketgate

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At the heart of Jamie Bennett’s defense in Ticketgate is there was no political strategy behind the distribution of his tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field: “Schorsch, in turn, claimed the tickets were part of a campaign strategy. The plan was to use the tickets to curry favor with neighborhood leaders and canvass their neighborhoods just before the association’s monthly meeting in hopes of generating a positive buzz, Schorsch said. Bennett said there was no such “ticket strategy.”…

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Jamie Bennett still in denial

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Jamie Bennett still contends that there was no strategy behind the distribution of his allotment of the tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field, however, as reported today: “After Bennett announced his candidacy for mayor, he began giving his tickets to supporters and community leaders across and even outside the city, according to a St. Petersburg Times review. Bennett gave two of his campaign’s earliest supporters, arts leader Bob Devin Jones and St. Pete Beach Mayor Michael Finnerty, several…

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