Sunday's Falcons vs. Buccaneers game facing TV blackout

Al Messerschmidt

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans are facing yet another blackout of a home game if not enough tickets are sold by Thursday.

Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won four games in a row and five of their last six, they still face a blackout for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Buccaneers are currently short 7,400 non-premium tickets sold at Raymond James Stadium to meet the NFL's requirement and lift the blackout on local stations.

The Buccaneers have to sell these tickets by 1 p.m. EST on Thursday or else the game will still remain blacked out in the Tampa Bay area. Buccaneers fans have only been able to see one home game on local television stations this year, Week 7's game against the New Orleans Saints.

The Buccaneers were in the same position two weeks ago when they were short 9,000 non-premium seats. They were unable to reach that benchmark. The game is scheduled for a kickoff at 1 p.m. If the blackout is lifted in the Tampa Bay area, the game will be broadcast on Fox.

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