Bucs face blackout for 10th consecutive regular-season game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 10 games last season, had a stirring second-half comeback last week at Minnesota and now face the club’s 10th consecutive regular-season home blackout.

Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium will be blacked out locally if it does not meet NFL guidelines for a sellout by today’s 4:15 p.m. (EDT) deadline.

Every Bucs home game was blacked out last season and in the season opener the announced attendance was 51,275 – more than 13,000 short of capacity, according to the Tampa Tribune. Unless the Bucs get hot winning, it’s hard to imagine they’ll avoid many blackouts this season because expectations were high for this team when the season began.

Now, you probably have a pretty good idea why the Bucs were willing to go to London to play a home game for the second time in three seasons. They’ll sell the joint out across the Atlantic Ocean.

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