The Buccaneers home opener with the Saints will be shown on local television this week the team announced on Thursday. In 2012 only two of eight regular season home games were broadcast locally.
Coming off a season opening disaster at New York last week, and with negative headlines all over the place this week, Buccaneer fans finally got a bit of good news on Thursday when the team announced that enough tickets were sold to lift Sunday’s blackout.
The 4 p.m. contest with the interdivisional rival New Orleans Saints will be show locally, broadcast by WTVT-Fox 13.
Sunday’s game will mark just the third Bucs home game to be seen locally since last season, when the Saints were also in town. December's Eagles game was also seen locally after reaching the ticket sold threshold. Going back to the beginning of the 2011 season, 19 of the previous 23 home games have been blacked out locally.
The Buccaneers once again this year took the 85 percent deal offered by the league that allows home games to be televised if 85 percent of the general admission seats are sold 72 hours prior to kickoff.
Last week there were no blackouts in the NFL although the San Diego Chargers were granted a 24-hour extension for their Monday night game with the Houston Texans.
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