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Even with reduced limit, Bucs’ first preseason game is blacked out


For the Buccaneers’ preseason home opener, the reduction in the minimum non-premium ticket sales from 100 percent to 85 percent means nothing.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs’ preseason home opener against the Titans will be blacked out locally.

The development also means that, even though it’s now significantly cheaper for the Bucs or their sponsors to buy the remaining tickets at 34 cents on the dollar, neither the Bucs nor any of their sponsors have written a check for however many tickets remained to get the team to 85 percent.

Of the team’s last 15 regular-season home games, 13 of them have been blacked out. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Bucs or their sponsors come up with the extra money necessary to get the regular-season home games televised, given the lower threshold.