Friday, December 15, 2017
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Washington Redskins game will be blacked out locally

If you want to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Washington Redskins on Sunday, better buy a ticket.

Tampa Bay's 4:25 p.m. game Sunday against Washington at Raymond James Stadium failed to sell out prior to the 72-hour deadline and will be subject to the NFL's local television blackout policy.

It's the 21st time in the last 23 games that a Bucs home game will not been shown on local television. Per NFL rules, when sales do not reach a minimum threshold — in the Bucs' case that's 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 needed to sell about 44,000 general seats to lift the blackout.

Tampa Bay's regular-season opener against Carolina also was not shown on local television and drew 51,533 fans.

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