Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bucs season opener to be blacked out


The Bucs have confirmed what has been expected for days: ticket sales for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers have fallen short and the game will not be shown on local television, Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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

As of Friday, the Bucs said 9,000 such seats remained to be sold, making it unlikely the team could move that many in just six days.

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