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Rick Stroud, Joe Smith and Greg Auman

Bucs preparing for blackouts the rest of the way

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September

If you were annoyed by not being able to watch today's Bucs game on television in the Tampa Bay/Central Florida region, you better get used to it.

The Bucs are preparing themselves for TV blackouts in their remaining six home games after Sunday's blackout against the Steelers.

Ever since the offseason, the pace of sales for the Pittsburgh game was well ahead of the remaining home dates, according to the Bucs. But considering today's game did not reach capacity, it's unlikely the remaining home games will, either. The Bucs said 61,036 tickets were sold. Capacity is more than 65,000.

As it was, the Bucs had to endure thousands of Steelers fans in the crowd, a group that seemed to equal the number of Bucs fans in the house.

The Bucs host the Saints next month, a team that usually brings good crowds to Raymond James Stadium, but the pace of sales for that game does not currently suggest there will be a sellout.

Basically, as things stand now, blackouts appear to be here to stay.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 26, 2010 9:56pm]

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