Amidst rumors and predictions of a terrible season ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there had been whispers that there could be blackouts for the Bucs games this year. With pessimism reigning supreme in the Tampa Bay area, many season tickets had gone unsold, leading to the team advertising over any means necessary (including some annoying text messages sent to some our Buc 'Em members).
Well with all this news, there does come a glimmer of hope. The Bucs had their first "pick your seat" campaign at Raymond James Stadium and per Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, there are only about 500 seats remaining (for season tickets). With such a low number available it stands to reason that there shouldn't be any blackouts.
Usually, when a low number of seats are left, keeping the game from being "sold out", the team, a sponsor, or local organization will buy them out, ensuring the game is broadcast and not blacked out. With partial season ticket plans available, and single game tickets not on sale yet, I'd expect the last tickets to get bought up and there to be no issues.
This is certainly good news for those who don't go to the games, but is a bit disheartening that we are even talking about getting blacked out. If you want tickets, they're still available. If you want to stay at home and watch on TV, just hope that a few more people purchase tickets.