Bucs finish 8-for-8 run on home television blackouts

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have completed a perfect run through their regular season, at least the home portion of it.

The Bucs closed out their slate of home games going 8-for-8 when it comes to local television blackouts, meaning the fan base in Tampa/St. Petersburg and surrounding areas didn’t see one of the NFL’s exciting turnarounds this season unless they bucked up and went to partially full Raymond James Stadium this season.

That’s the kind of development that can be damaging for a franchise, and it’s a little surprising given the team’s 9-6 record. The Bucs remain a longshot for the playoffs, but they’ve shown promise with so many rookies playing, especially on offense.

The Bucs were the only team in the league to have all of their home games blacked out because they were unable to sell out the games within 72 hours. Per the Tampa Tribune, the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board recommended the commission re-open the team’s lease to play at Raymond James Stadium if games continue to be blacked out. The board has no such authority but it underscores public frustration with the situation. Taxpayers are angry because their money was used to finance the stadium.

According to the report, the closest the Bucs came to a sellout was in Week 2 when they announced attendance at 57,616. The stadium holds nearly 66,000 fans.

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