No shocker: Bucs-Patriots game to be blacked out on local TV
The Bucs now are 0 for 2 in the preseason in one important respect.
The team missed the NFL’s deadline to sell a minimum number of tickets to lift a local television blackout of Friday’s exhibition game against the Patriots, the second blackout in as many games.
The Bucs needed to sell at least 85 percent of Raymond James Stadium’s non-premium seats before 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday but fell short. Per NFL rules, the game will be blacked out in television markets within 75 miles.
The team announced a paid crowd of 45,633 for last Friday’s home preseason game against the Titans. Based on the stadium’s 51,000-plus general admission seats, the Bucs need to sell roughly 43,000 non-premium seats to reach the required threshold.
The game will be shown on tape delay at 11:35 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday on WTSP-Ch. 10.