TAMPA, Fla. -- If you live in the Tampa Bay area and can't wait to catch Friday night’s preseason game between the Buccaneers and Patriots on live television, you might want to consider a trip to Hawaii.
Seriously, Honolulu television station KFVE 5 will broadcast the game live. The station (along with a whole bunch in New England) regularly carries all of the Patriots’ preseason games live.
That’s an option you won’t have if you’re in the Tampa Bay area. Once again, the Bucs have announced they don’t have a sellout and the game can’t be shown live within a 75-mile radius of Tampa Bay.
It wasn’t a huge surprise when last week’s home game with Tennessee did not sell out. The Titans aren’t exactly a marquee team. But I thought there was a chance the Patriots could help deliver a rare sellout to Raymond James Stadium, especially when you consider the fact the Bucs have taken a new NFL option that allows them to declare a sellout if they sell 85 percent of their non-premium seats. I also thought it would help that the Patriots are a marquee team and there are lots of New England transplants in Florida.
Apparently, none of that mattered. I guess it’s not that big of a surprise.
Selling out regular-season games in Tampa is difficult. In the past two seasons, the Bucs have sold out only two home games.