Blackout lifted for Buccaneers-Saints

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored a victory of sorts Thursday afternoon when they announced Sunday’s home game with New Orleans will be televised live on local television.

That doesn’t mean the game is sold out because the Bucs elected to use the NFL’s 85-percent threshold to lift the blackout. Tickets remain on sale on the team’s website.

But the mere fact the blackout has been lifted is major news.

Dating back to 2011, the Buccaneers have been blacked out for 19 of their last 23 home games.