Saturday, May 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer: Softer blackout rules 'not a slam dunk' for more home games on TV locally

TAMPA — Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer is encouraged by the recent activity in his team's ticket office, but he said home games are "not a slam dunk" to be televised locally, despite the club lowering the threshold to lift blackouts.

"We want to give our fans every opportunity to see as many games as they can this year," Glazer said before Saturday night's open practice at Raymond James Stadium. "But I cannot … predict how many there will be. We're hopeful there will be more games on television than last year."

Only two regular-season games at RJS have aired locally over the past two seasons (both in 2011).

Last month, the NFL gave teams the option of lowering the sales requirement for lifting local TV blackouts from 100 percent of general admission seats sold 72 hours before kickoff to 85 percent. The Bucs are the only team known to have adopted the lower requirement.

Glazer said he is not dismayed by where things stand.

"The economy is very tough here," he said. "We have been hit harder than almost any other community in the country. These are Buc fans, and when they can afford to come, they'll come. I'm excited. I know they're going to fill this place up."

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