TAMPA – Who 'Dat going to be on local television this Sunday?
The Bucs announced that Sunday's game versus the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium will be televised locally on WTVT FOX 13 at 1 p.m. Dick Stockton and former Bucs safety John Lynch will call the game for FOX.
Tickets sales of general seats reached the 85 percent threshold by today's 72-hour deadline to avoid the NFL's local television blackout.
The Bucs failed to sell enough tickets to have their first three home games televised locally this year and 16 of their previous last 18 regular-season home games at the 65,908-seat RJS were blacked out.
"Everybody is excited about the future of the team,'' head coach Greg Schiano said. "Yet, you go in there and notice the stadium is not packed. ... We've got to get it back to that home field advantage where it's just deafening when you walk in there and the heat is beating down on you and the fans are beating down on you. So we're working on that. Obviously, we have to do out part, we have to win. It's going to be on TV. That means we're going to have a good crowd, and I'm excited about playing on Sunday.''
Only two nationally televised games against marquee opponents – the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys – sold out a year ago. The Bucs will wear their throwback orange and white uniforms Sunday.
"We're pleased to have reached the 85% of general admission seats needed for local broadcast of this Sunday's game versus the New Orleans Saints, which leaves us with the remaining 15% of tickets available for this exciting divisional showdown," said Brian Ford, the Bucs' vice president of business administration.
In July, the Bucs became the first team to take advantage of the NFL's new offer to sell at least 85 percent of non-premium seats -- roughly 44,000 tickets – in order to lift the league's local television blackout.
The Bucs also reduced 80 percent of their general admission seats, starting at $30 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets beginning at $30 remain for Sunday's game.
The team also introduced half season ticket packages, a 12-month payment plan and in-stadium Wi-Fi to attract customers.
The Bucs (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10 before an announced crowd of 46,500 at RJS.
Single-game ticket sales for marquee opponents such as the Saints and Philadelphia Eagles have done well. The Bucs' will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their Super Bowl XXXVII team against the Eagles Nov. 9.