TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 14: Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheer play against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons 24-9. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Good news for Buccaneers fans in the greater Tampa area.
According to PewterReport.com, the team has announced that they are not expecting a blackout on Sunday. Jeff Kamis, the Bucs' director of media relations insists that the team will sell out and, thereby, avoid NFL-mandated local television blackout, which would go into effect over a 75 mile radius around the city.
However, less than 48 hours away from their Sunday match-up with Dallas, an unknown number of tickets remain unsold.
"We still have a few tickets available, but we anticipate that the game will not be blacked out and will be a sellout," said Kamis.
The NFL has a 48-hour deadline with respect to sell-out/ blackout situations, which would have been 1:00 ET on Thursday for Tampa, although they sometimes extend the deadline if a game is on the verge of being sold out. Since Tampa has approached the blackout with passive optimism, it's presumable that they're getting close to filling those seats.
As pointed out on Pro Football Talk, though, these early struggles do not augur well for the team and their fans; because traditionally, Dallas is a huge draw wherever they go. If the Bucs struggle to sell out a game with America's Team, what will happen, say, on December 13, when the New York Jets come to town?