The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have avoided their first blackout of the season, as their regular season home opener has sold enough tickets to be shown locally on television, the Buccaneers have announced. The Buccaneers had to sell 85% of general admission tickets to lift the blackout
The Bucs have been plagued by blackouts and poor attendance in recent years, but sales have been picking up steadily for the past two years. Despite that, the team still saw six blackouts out of eight home games last year, with only the game against the Philadelphia Eagles and the throwback game against the New Orleans Saints meeting the threshold to avoid a blackout.
The loss against the New York Jets apparently didn't hurt the team too badly, and neither has all the controversy of the past two days. If the Bucs can put a good product on the field on Sunday, they should continue to see solid ticket sales.
The Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints at home on Sunday, at 4:05 PM.