Tampa Bay's only primetime game in 2012 – a road contest at Minnesota – will be broadcast nationally on NFL Network and locally on MOR-TV on Thursday, October 25. MOR-TV announced it had been selected as the Tampa Bay area's local broadcast station for the Bucs vs. Vikings matchup and is planning several events in conjunction with the game.
Coming off a 4-12 record in the 2011 season, the Buccaneers were only slated to play one game in prime time in 2012. That game takes place on Thursday, October 25 at Minnesota and will be broadcast nationally on NFL Network. For those Buccaneers fans that don’t have NFL Network, MOR-TV has secured the local broadcast rights to air the game in the Tampa Bay area.
“We are excited to be the station selected by the NFL Network to carry this season’s Buccaneers-Vikings game,” said MOR president and general manager Ken Lucas. “As is the tradition here at MOR, the broadcast will more than a game; it will be an all-out event!”
In support of this event, MOR is planning several major promotions, including a trip for two Bucs fans to attend the game in Minnesota, in addition to several major viewing parties at various locations around the Tampa Bay area, including a surprise location that will be named later.
The Buccaneers vs. Vikings game will air at 8:00 p.m. ET on MOR-TV and NFL Network and will be called by play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and analyst Mike Mayock. NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan will provide reporting from the sidelines.
Minnesota failed to improve on its 6-10 record from 2010 last year, and finished just 3-13. The Vikings defense led the NFL with 50 seconds, due in large part to Jared Allen’s franchise-record 22, but finished last in interceptions with only eight. Quarterback Christian Ponder, the team’s number one pick in 2011, took over in Week 6 and battled injuries to throw 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his rookie season.
The Buccaneers beat the Vikings in Week 2 last year, 24-20, as running back LeGarrette Blount raced four yards for a touchdown with 30 seconds remaining for the victory. Tampa Bay trailed 17-0 at halftime, but Blount and quarterback Josh Freeman engineered a comeback victory for the Bucs’ first win of the 2011 season.
MOR-TV is Tampa Bay’s most watched entertainment TV channel and home to the viewing area’s number one comedy, “The Big Bang Theory.” MOR can be seen over the air at 32.1 and on cable on Bright House 12/HD 1012, Verizon-Fios 12/HD 512 and Comcast 12/HD 437.
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