By Tom Krasniqi (Twitter: @TKras)
Good news and bad news. Which one do you want first? The good news is, football is back on Thursday for the Buccaneers fans. The bad news is, the game won't be seen locally on television.
The Bucs have announced that the preseason opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens on Thursday night from Raymond James Stadium will be blacked out in the Tampa Bay area. The team failed to sell 85% of its non-premium seating that is required to lift the blackout. Instead, the game will not be seen in a 75-mile radius of Tampa Bay and that includes the Sarasota and Orlando markets.
What does this mean for regular season games? Co-chairman Bryan Glazer said recently that ticket sales have improved and he was confident that more Bucs home games will be on TV this year. Last year, the Bucs had just two home games shown on local televison.
The Bucs open their season on September 8 on the road against the Jets. The home opener is on September 15 against the Saints. The team is hopeful that the Saints game will be sold out. Reminder: You can listen to every Bucs game on 620 WDAE, 95.3FM and 103.5FM beginning with Thursday's game. Our coverage Thursday begins at 5pm. Stay tuned.