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December 6, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
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Something To Cheer About! Bucs-Eagles Will Be On Local TV

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The Buccaneers announced on Thursday that Sunday's home game against the Eagles will be broadcast locally, after reaching the 85 percent threshold needed to lift the NFL black out rules.
For just the second time this season, Buccaneers’ fans will be able to see a home game televised, when the Philadelphia Eagles come to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

The Buccaneers announced on Thursday that ticket sales have exceeded the 85 percent threshold and that the blackout has been lifted. The Eagles game joins the October 21 home game against the Saints as the only two games that have lifted the NFL-mandated black out rule which requires a certain number of tickets to be sold 72 hours prior to kickoff.

Part of what has driven ticket sales is the large contingent of transplanted Eagles fans that have moved to Florida from the Northeast. The biggest factor however, is the organization honoring the 2002 Super Bowl team. A large majority of that team – along with several members of the coaching staff – have confirmed they will be in Tampa to be introduced and honored at halftime.

Some of the confirmed coaches include, Head Coach Jon Gruden, Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin, Wide Receivers Coach Richard Mann, Quarterbacks Coach Stan Parrish, Tight Ends Coach Art Valero.

Some of the players who are scheduled to attend include Warren Sapp, Mike Alstott, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Keyshawn Johnson, Brad Johnson and wide receiver Joe Jurevicius.

The Buccaneers announced there are just a limited number of tickets still available, which mean the game not only exceeds the 85 percent threshold, but has a very good chance of completely selling out.

Last modified on Thursday, 06 December 2012 13:31

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    I hate to disagree with you about the number of Eagles fans JonnnyG; but in 06 the original season ticket holders still owned the vast majority of seats. Granted, many of them sold their tickets to Eagles fans but not 60%. Might have seemed like it due their heightened level of obnoxiousness until Matt Bryant sailed one in from 62 yards out.
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    @scu- fair enough
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    Without Key we don't win the NFC Championship game. I was there, one of most hostile environments I have ever seen. Brad throws the pick, Iggles fans are waving their version of terrible towels, Roman gladiator style. Fans are chanting Keyshawn Sucks, Keyshawn Sucks, he uses his big body to block out DBs, catches TD and throws the ball into center/heart of Eagles banner. That changed direction of game. Give the guy some respect, regardlkess of how you feel about his persona, without him we are still searching for SB #1
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    I hate to put down my city of Tampa for its loyalty but I had season tix with my father in the Ol Sombrero from 85-92 on the 30 yd line 50 rows up and I could lay back and stretch my legs during most games in Tampa
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    There are very few eagles fans paying to see a backup QB and RB play in RJS. There will be a ton of Bucs fans including a buddy of mine and I wish I could be there with him! On a side note, did we have to let Keyshawn back in?
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    pinkston. I agree with you on "Meshawn". What he did in '03 was unconscionable. But, this is the '02 team he did contribute to. I heard Derrick Brooks say he would be disappointed if "Meshawn" were booed. So, I defer to "Double-nickel". Wish I could be there. Go Bucs!
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    There is a lift on the blackout because of the Eagles Fan base filling up the stadium not the Bucs Fans and thats a fact i was there in 06' and 60% of the stadium were Eagles Fans
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    I was a season ticket holder in "06. There were Eagles fans there, but nowhere near 60%.
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    To just say "Eagles Fans were there" is a serious understatement to say the least the crowd was chanting MVP for McNabb before the game as loud as if it their stadium
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    OK, to say there were 60% Eagles fans is a straight up falsehood. I was at the game. They were talking some smack - but they were dead silent as they walked out with their heads hung after Bryant nailed that 62 yarder.
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    are you guys dillusional or something?
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    Someone is, obviously. They feel its necessary to distort the attendance of a historical event.
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    Good job Tampa Bay!
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