Tampa Bay Buccaneers: local television blackouts

Bucs sell out final home game

December, 10, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – By winning four of their last five games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to have fired up their fan base a bit.

The team announced Tuesday morning that Sunday’s final home game, with San Francisco, has sold out. It’s important to note that means 100 percent of the tickets were sold and not just the 85 percent that’s enough to lift the local television blackout. The Bucs haven't had a game blacked out this season.

The Bucs will be trying to win their fourth consecutive home game.

Buccaneers sell out Miami game

October, 31, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Despite an 0-7 start, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are performing well at the box office.

The team announced Thursday that the Nov. 11 game with Miami has sold out. That’s a complete sellout, and not just the 85 percent threshold needed to lift the local television blackout. This is the second time this season the Bucs have had a complete sellout. The Philadelphia game sold out. The Bucs have had problems with blackouts in recent years, but ownership has pledged that every game will be televised locally this season.

The Monday night game with Miami also will feature Hall of Famer Warren Sapp being inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor and having his jersey (No. 99) retired.

Blackout lifted for Buccaneers-Saints

September, 12, 2013
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.