Bucs don't expect sellout Thursday

Despite a 10-win season last year, Tampa Bay’s fortunes don’t appear to be improving at the ticket office.

The team said Monday that it does not expect to sell out Thursday night's preseason game with New England. The team also said the second preseason home game, against Miami, isn’t likely to be a sellout.

Games that aren’t sold out -- even in the preseason -- are not allowed to be aired in the local television market. That was an issue for the Bucs and their fans last season. Tampa Bay did not sell out any of its preseason or regular-season home games last year.