Bucs hoping for a bump in attendance vs. Saints, but will it be enough to lift blackout?
The Bucs haven’t yet been able to take advantage of the NFL’s softened television blackout rules, with all three of the team’s home games thus far blacked out locally.
But is there a chance Sunday’s game against the Saints could finally signal a breakthrough?
It’s possible. The Saints are a marquee opponent (despite their record) and tend to draw well at Raymond James Stadium, including a crowd of 56,590 last season. Capacity is in the neighborhood of 65,000, but remember sellouts are no longer required for blackouts to be lifted. The team only must sell 85 percent of non-premium seating, mostly general-admission.
It remains to be seen how this will turn out, but we’ll know soon. The 72-hour mark arrives at 1 p.m. this afternoon. If the benchmark is not met by then, the team must declare a blackout.