After the New England Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, Patriots fans still live vicariously through Tom Brady. According to Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, ratings in Boston topped the ratings of Tampa Bay for the Super Bowl. Honestly, who can blame them?
“I’m told that the rating in Boston for last night’s game was a 57.6,” Ourand said in a Tweet. “How good is that? Well, it beat the rating in the Tampa DMA (52.3).”
Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl titles and nine Super Bowl appearances. However, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the 2020 offseason. With that said, there is no surprise that Boston fans still follow Tom Brady their champion savior. What is surprising, however, is that Boston fans love their former quarterback more than Tampa Bay fans love their own team.
Some factors may have gone into the difference in ratings around Tampa Bay and Boston. For instance, the Super Bowl itself, by happenstance, took place in Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium. They did have fans in attendance, however, not in full capacity. That means that 25,000 people watched the Super Bowl live rather than on TV in the city. While this in particular likely had a very minimal effect on TV ratings, the Super Bowl location could have had peripheral effects.
Tampa Bay Title Town
While cities like Boston, New York, and Los Angeles have historically won championships in all major sports, Tampa Bay has now entered the discussion. Last year, for instance, the Lightning won the NHL Stanley Cup. Then in the Fall, the Rays made it to the MLB World Series. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated them in six games.
Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have continued the new tradition of major sports championships. As these three teams are the only major sports representation in Tampa Bay, “Title Town” feels like an appropriate name. Unfortunately, some offseason trades left the Rays lacking many of the components that made them a championship team last year. The Lightning also lost some of their speed over the offseason. With that said, they still are one of the best teams in hockey, leading the central division with 7 wins, one loss, and one loss in overtime.
The Buccaneers don’t show any signs of stopping anytime soon, even with Tom Brady aging. At 43 years old, the five-time Super Bowl MVP still plays like a young stud. If the Buccaneers can hold on to most of their key players, Tampa Bay might be title town for years to come.