Buccaneers fail to sell out season opener

Posted Sept. 06, 2012 @ 4:35 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Buccaneers did not sell out their home opener and the game against Cam Newton and the Panthers, scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, will be blacked out on local television, the team confirmed Thursday.

Teams have until 72 hours before kickoff to sell out a game to avoid a blackout. The Bucs took advantage of the league’s new blackout rule, which means they need to sell 85 percent of non-premium seats to declare a sellout.

Last week, the team was 9,000 tickets away from selling out. The Bucs enter the 2012 season with a new head coach, Greg Schiano, and free-agent acquisitions Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright and Carl Nicks.