Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs to be blacked out in Tampa Bay area

The Bucs have confirmed that Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be blacked out in the Tampa Bay area.

Per NFL rules, when sales do not reach a minimum threshold — in the Bucs' case, 85 percent of nonpremium seating — at least 72 hours prior to kickoff, games are not permitted to be aired in television markets within 75 miles.

The Bucs have had just two regular-season games aired on local television in the past two seasons, with all eight regular-season games blacked out in 2010.

This season, in order to address the trend, the NFL allowed teams to reduce the number of ticket sales necessary to lift blackouts. Formerly, clubs had to sell 100 percent of their nonpremium seats to lift blackouts. The Bucs settled on 85 percent — the minimum the NFL would allow.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs to be blacked out in Tampa Bay area 10/11/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:20pm]

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