Bucs say no TV blackouts in 2013
Surprising news from the Bucs as they work to keep fans positive after an 0-3 start -- the team announced Thursday that all remaining home games will be televised locally, a stark contrast to the team's run of 19 blackouts in the previous three years.
"In appreciation for the loyal support of our fans throughout the Tampa Bay area, we have committed to televise the remaining seven home games of the 2013 season," Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement.
The NFL requires a team to have at least 85 percent of its non-premium seats sold 72 hours before kickoff for a game to avoid a local blackout in the surrounding 75-mile radius. The Bucs avoided that in the home opener against the Saints, and now should have local TV for the remaining seven home games, including Sunday's game against Arizona.
That means someone has stepped up and is willing to buy enough unsold tickets to get to that blackout threshold, whether it be the Bucs themselves, the local affiliates that would like to show games, or prominent sponsors who want their TV ads seen locally. The Bucs' announcement only stated that the team is "projected to surpass" the threshold.