A 10-6 season and several rising NFL stars has apparently yet to translate into ticket sales, as Thursday night's preseason home game against the New England Patriots had not sold out. That sets in motion the enforcement of the NFL’s blackout policy. Along with the Bucs-Patriots game being blacked out, the Miami-Tampa Bay game [August 27] in all likelihood will also be blacked out.
The Buccaneers were the only team in the NFL to have their entire 2010 season blacked out. While ticket sales are thought to be improved over last season, the possibility of the entire season also being blacked out remains as no individual game has sold out yet. The Buccaneers' home schedule is more attractive this year than last, with nationally televised games against the Indianapolis Colts [Monday, October 3] and Dallas Cowboys [Saturday, December 17] along with home games against the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. The Buccaneers’ home game against the Chicago Bears will be played in London on October 23 and will be televised in the Tampa Bay area.
Before the night practice at Raymond James Stadium on August 6, Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said he was optimistic that some of Tampa Bay’s home games would be sellouts despite the still-lingering poor economic climate across the Tampa Bay area.
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