Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home Opener Versus New Orleans Is Not Blacked Out

Dec 4, 2011; Tampa FL, USA; Fans watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Carolina Panthers from the pirate ship in Buccaneer Cove at Raymond James Stadium. The Panthers won 38-19. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

Topics: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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