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NFL takes Bucs at their word when it comes to ticket sales



The NFL television blackout policy -- that home games must be sold out 72 hours before kickoff to be shown in the local market -- is apparently based on the honor system. If a team tells the league they have met the deadline, the blackout is lifted. No questions asked.

Last week, the Bucs told the league on Wednesday that the Sunday game against Carolina was sold out. The Bucs announced a paid attendance of 62,422, but according to the Tampa Sports Authority, which manages the stadium, actual attendance was 42,847.

"It’s based on tickets sold,'' said Dan Masonson, NFL’s Corporate Communications Manager. "(The Bucs) are telling us it’s a sellout. Our office speaks to each club every week. If we’re hearing the tickets are sold, then the tickets are sold.''

Bucs officials have declined to identify who is paying for all those empty seats.

— RODNEY PAGE, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:46pm]


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