Week One of the NFL season is an exciting time; football maybe the only sport where every team enters the season with the hope of making the playoffs. Even the Bucs—who are coming off of a 4-12 season—are expected to compete this year, which is why it’s a little surprising that Tampa Bay’s Week 1 game against Carolina is going to be blacked out. From ProFootballTalk.com:
As the NFL launches the first Sunday of the regular season, the television signal for the home team’s game will be blocked in only one market. Tampa. The Panthers-Bucs game will be the only blackout this weekend, with sellouts (i.e., all non-premium seats sold at least 72 hours before kickoff) everywhere else. Of course, sellouts should be expected in Week One. And it was believed for months that the Bucs would be able to reach the minimum number, especially since the team decided to take full advantage of the new 85-percent minimum and the Bucs slashed prices on concessions and some parking and Cam Newton is coming to town and, you know, it’s Week One.