This is very strange. Tampa Bay, one of the hottest teams in the league, and one full of exciting you players such as the Muscle Hamster, is having trouble selling tickets. This week the Bucs are taking on the Falcons, the top team in the NFC and an NFC South rival, and yet, the team still couldn’t sell out the game. From the Tampa Bay Times:
Despite the league’s fourth-best scoring offense, a four-game winning streak and five victories in their last six, playing a division rival with the best record in the NFL and a holiday weekend with cool temperatures in the forecast, the Bucs were unable to reach the 85 percent threshold of general seats sold by Thursday’s deadline, meaning Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons will be blacked out locally.On Monday, the Bucs announced they needed to sell about 7,400 non-premium seats to reach the 85 percent threshold — or about 44,000 general tickets — to lift the blackout. Instead, 18 of the past 21 regular season home games will not be shown with a 75-mile radius of the Tampa Bay viewing market. The Bucs game against the New Orleans Saints Oct. 21 is the only one at Raymond James Stadium that has been televised locally this season. National television games against the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts at RJS last season sold out in time to lift the blackout.