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Tampa Bay Buccaneers home opener against Detroit Lions will be blacked out

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The deadline has passed, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' home season opener will be blacked out, reports the Tampa Tribune. While the Bucs mourn Lee Roy Selmon's death publicly, the local fans will have to do so on their own as they will not be able to watch the team.

This game will also be the only other game blacked out on opening day. The Jacksonville Jaguars were in danger of seeing the game blacked out, but owner Wayne Weaver decided to buy up the remaining tickets to lift the black out. The Glazers did the same thing in 2008 and throughout 2009, but decided to drop that practice in 2010 and have not returned to it since. Not doing so surely isn't helping them build a fanbase, however.

Blackouts officially extend 75 miles around the stadium, but because any signal that broadcasts anywhere within that radius is also blacked out the effective blackout radius is closer to 90-100 miles around the stadium.