The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they had sold the requisite number of tickets, and the game would be aired live on local television, avoiding a blackout.
Good news: Sunday’s game will NOT be blacked out. Ticket sales have reached the mandatory threshold for the game to be shown locally.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 12, 2013
This is quite encouraging, because there was speculation that a loss to the New York Jets would keep fans cash and credit cards in their pockets for Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.
But the team sold at least 85% of the tickets the needed to sell, which meets the threshold put in place by the NFL for teams who elect to aim for an 85% sellout rate versus 100%.
Hopefully the team has sold enough season tickets and ticket packages that weekly sales won’t come down to the wire with the possibility of blackouts facing the team every week. Home opener weekend against a division rival should be an easy sale, and a win in this game would go a long way to selling more tickets for future games.
The game will air on local Tampa FOX stations at 4:05 Eastern on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch will be on the call once again for NFL on FOX.
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