The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done just about everything they can to fill up the pirate ship.
But still the club is in real danger of having a local television blackout for the season opener Sept. 9 at Raymond James Stadium against the Carolina Panthers. The team will need to sell about 9,000 non-premium seats before 1 p.m. Friday in order to have the game on television locally, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
The Bucs have cut ticket prices for this season and adopted a new policy that allows them to only have to sell 85 percent of the seats in order to have it on television. The club also broke out the checkbook and did some big spending in free agency.
Thirteen of the team’s last 15 home games played in Tampa have been subjected to a local television blackout. About the only thing left the Bucs can do now to get support is go out and win.
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