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Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Follow New NFL Blackout Policy Minimum

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they will set their bar for blackouts at the new NFL minimum of 85 percent.

TAMPA FL - DECEMBER 05:  Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just before the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on December 5 2010 in Tampa Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
TAMPA FL - DECEMBER 05: Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just before the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on December 5 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to take full advantage of the NFL's more lenient blackout policies for the 2012 season, as they will set the bar for a blackout at 85 percent capacity for home games at Raymond James Stadium. This is the minimum for teams under the new policy.

An article detailing the Buccaneers decision by Pro Football Talk also mentioned that other teams such as the San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, and Indianapolis Colts have decided to set their bar for blackouts at a capacity level of over 85 percent.

So far, the Bucs are the only team to make their blackout percentage the minimum of 85 percent, however many teams are waiting until the July 15 deadline to make a decision.

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