Bucs Not Blacked Out: Are You Glad?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sold enough tickets to have Sunday's home game shown on local TV for the first time this season. Bucs fans, do you think the NFL's blackout rule is fair?

Good news, Tampa Bay Buccnaeers fans: This weekend's game won't be blacked out on local TV.

The Bucs' home game against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday will be shown in the Tampa market, TBO.com reports. That's the first time this season a Bucs home game won't be blacked out.

The team sold the required 85 percent of general admission tickets necessary to avoid the blackout of the Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium, the team announced Thursday.

The Bucs failed to sell out each of their first three regular-season home games this season and 16 of their previous 18, TBO reports.

Sunday's game will air locally on Fox 13.

Are you looking forward to watching Sunday's game? How have you been dealing with all the Bucs' blackouts the past few seasons? Do you think the NFL's blackout rule is fair? And why haven't Bucs games been selling out?

Post a comment below and let us know what you think.

michael October 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Any team that is more than 500 should not be alowed to black out. They need to be winning at least half their games to black out a home game.
Chuck R October 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Heck yes, I'm glad the game is televised! I don't like going to the stadium. The best seat is on my couch! But yes, the NFL rule for blackouts is fair, and it's probably not going to change again. I believe they already dropped the requirement from 100% to 85%, which was kind. They need to get people into the stadium. It's not going to be me, mind you, but I do understand it.
-Ed Harris- October 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The black out rule is no different then when we were kids and one kid decided to say, "it's my ball if you won't play my way then nobody plays". I don't know about you but every kid I knew laughed and walked away. The greed that the NFL and Glazier family have displayed is not unlike the that bratty little child. The public does seem to be laughing and walking away. When the new stadium was built the Glaziers were under the impression that bigger was better, well they were wrong. A 35,000 seat arena would have been fine and would have on avg made them more money and always been full. Greed is a lesson most of us learn when we are children. Looks like the NFL and Glazier family are late bloomers but they will learn nonetheless.
Red October 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
If they want to cont. the black-outs, so be it. I have a lot more to spend my dollars on . than game tickets and overpriced parking without even getting into the horrific food prices. That goes to the Ray's too. These owners get a FREE place to reap their TV profits. I'll take a deal like that!
David Conkle October 25, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I was a fan of the Buccaneers since 1979 and even had season tickets in the early to mid eighties. When the greedy NFL owners instituted the black-out rule though, my interest and support for the team stopped. The citizens that pay sales and other taxes subsidize the stadium that these games are played in and for the owners, who profit from the yearly subsidies, to institute this rule is a slap in the face to every fan in this area. Not everyone can afford to attend games at the taxpayer subsidised stadium and to prevent these members of the community from watching the games on TV is inherently unfair. Shame on the greedy NFL owners! The citizens of Tampa Bay should boycott the Bucs until this practice is abandoned. I don't watch or attend their games anymore and hope they continue to lose just like they did for so many years as the Tampa Bay Yuks!


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