The Buccaneers announced on Thursday that Sunday's matchup with the Falcons failed to sell enough to tickets to lift the blackout, and will not be shown on local television.
Despite a 6-4 record, an explosive entertaining offense, and a matchup against the division leading Atlanta Falcons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that Sunday’s game would be blacked out locally.
The Buccaneers announced on Monday they were 7,400 tickets short of the 85 percent threshold to lift the blackout. The deadline to reach the goal was Thursday at 1 p.m.
So far in 2012 only the October 21 game against the Saints has been broadcast locally, and Sunday’s blackout will mark 18 of the last 21 home games that failed to sell out and lift the NFL-mandated blackout rule.
Back in July Tampa Bay announced plans to take advantage of the National Football League's measure reducing the percentage of general admission ticket sales needed to avoid local broadcast blackouts of home games. As a result, any 2012 Buccaneer home games that sell 85% of non-premium tickets would be televised locally, rather than the 100% previously required.
"We hope that this move, along with lower ticket prices, starting at $30 for adults and $15 for children, will lead to more televised Buccaneer home games this year," said Buccaneers Vice President of Business Administration Brian Ford on July 13.
Along with the lowered ticket prices and blackout threshold selected, the Buccaneers have offered 12-month interest free payment plans and recently even unveiled a half-season ticket package.
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