No blackouts for Buccaneers for remainder of season

TAMPA, Fla. — There will be no Tampa Bay Buccaneers blackouts on local television this season.

Thursday, the Bucs announced that they have committed to televising each of the team’s remaining seven home games, starting with a matchup at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bucs said they are projected to surpass the NFL’s threshold of 85 percent of non-premium tickets for most of the team’s remaining home schedule.

“In appreciation for the loyal support of our fans throughout the Tampa Bay area, we have committed to televise the remaining seven home games of the 2013 season,” Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a release.

Blackouts have been common for Tampa Bay lately. Nineteen of the Bucs’ last 24 regular-season games were blacked out for failing to meet the NFL-mandated threshold. Six of eight home games last season were blacked out.

This year, the Bucs’ home opener Sept. 15 against the New Orleans Saints was shown on local TV.

“I’m thrilled for our fans, that our fans will get to see us every week, at home, whether they’re there in person (or not),” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “That’s what we’re trying to do is create that home-field advantage. We’ve got to win — I’m not naïve to that. (If) we win, that’ll come back. But it’s a tremendous commitment from the organization to our fans and to the Tampa Bay area.”

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