The Buccaneer faithful will most likely not be able to watch the game from home due to the blackout. Games have to be sold-out at least 72 hours in advance for the cable network to host the game. The Buccaneers are still struggling to sell tickets, averaging 30,000 per preseason game. But it is not just the season opener that will be blacked out, the Buccaneers are facing a real threat of having all of their games blacked out this season. Only games against big time teams that have big fan bases, such as Pittsburgh, will get the game back on the air.
This is bad news for a team that is trying to rebuild and is looking for all the support it can get. Ticket sales are down, even with prices at all time lows and new food/beverage deals being offered. The only way the Bucs will be able to fill the seats and get the games back on T.V. is to simply win. The Bucs have the players to win, but the question is will the fans be able to see the success on the field or will they be in the dark all season long?