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October 18, 2012 @ 1:12 pm
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Bucs Avoid Blackout, Saints Game Will Be Broadcast Locally

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The Bucs home game against the Saints on Sunday will be the first of the season, and only third game in three seasons, to be seen on local television. The Buccaneers announced early Thursday they had met the 85 percent threshold to lift the the blackout.
The Buccaneers announced early Thursday afternoon that Sunday’s home game with New Orleans will be broadcast on local television, as ticket sales met the 85 percent threshold to avoid a blackout, before the 1 p.m. Thursday deadline.

"We're pleased to have reached the 85% of general admission seats needed for local broadcast of this Sunday's game versus the New Orleans Saints, which leaves us with the remaining 15% of tickets - starting at $30 - available for this exciting divisional showdown," said Brian Ford, Vice President of Business Administration.

In July, the Buccaneers became the first team to take advantage of the NFL's new policy aimed at reducing local television blackouts.

This year, the Buccaneers have reduced the prices of 80% of general admission seats, starting at $30 for adults and $15 for children. Also new this year, the team introduced a 12-month payment plan, half-season passes, as well as free stadium Wi-Fi, top-of-the-line game production, an enhanced replay system, and bolstered customer service.
The Buccaneers are the first NFL team to utilize the Ticketmaster app's paperless ticketing capability and the first to use Apple's Passbook app to allow for even easier entry into Raymond James Stadium. Mobile ticketing is currently available for single-game ticket purchases.

The Saints game will be just the third home game to be televised locally since the start of the 2010 season. Last season the two nationally televised games (Colts, ESPN, Cowboys, NFL Network) were sellouts. So far in 2012 the home games against the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs all failed to meet the 85 percent threshold and were blacked out.

The Buccaneers decisive win on Sunday combined with the throwback game, along with a marquee team coming to town were most likely the major factors in the fans turning out in such numbers to allow the game to be broadcast.

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    Local Saints fans have one game they can go to at RJ Stadium a year to see there Saints.Of course they will be there.
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    Of course Saints fans will be there.They won a SB recently and have had one of the best offences in football for years now.Remember people from every state move to Florida especially Tampa Bay.There is also a lot of Hurricane Katrina families that moved to the Bay.We did lose the last 10 games last year.Come on Man! That wasn't Bucs fans fault.You gotta win to fill stadiums especially in this economy. GO BUCS!!!
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    Horse: Where did you learn that "the owner bought tickets"? No doubt there will be a few Saints fans who travel from New Orleans. Last year they left disappointed and well............shocked.
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    Well I hope that the Bucs will do good showing that the rest of the games at home can avoid the sell out. With Denver,San Deigo and the Undeafeated Atlanta will be coming I would love to see Tampa wins all those games But it has to be a team effort along good crowds-GO BUCS
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    Well the Owner got smart and bought some of the tickets. the more Buc ball is seen the better it is for future ticket purchases.
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    Buc fans? You should thank Saints fans who'll be at the game in full force as they usually are. Buc fans are still apathetic.
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    Awesome! Hopefuly we can win this game (and a bunch more) and start selling out every home game.Gotta win games to keep it rolling and keep fans excited. GO BUCS!!!
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    Congratulations!!!! Way to go Buc fans!
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