Projecting BlackoutsApril 19th, 2013
Joe’s been hit with a the same question repeatedly since the Bucs released their 2013 schedule last night, “Hey, Joe, you think there will be any game blacked out from local TV this season?”
Joe’s answer is simple, “Of course.”
With or without Darrelle Revis, nobody should expect some sort of Bucs box office stampede before the season, or during the season, barring a shock-the-world winning streak.
Given that the Saints game in Tampa was televised last year, Joe surely expects the Saints-Bucs home opener on Sept. 15 to be on TV. Also expect to have the night games against Carolina (Thursday, 10/24) and Miami (Monday, 11/11) bust the blackout threshold and be televised.
As for the other games, Joe is hopeful annoying Eagles fans, Michael Vick fans and bearable weather will push that Sunday, Oct. 13 game onto the local airwaves. But that’s about it. Joe’s expecting blackouts for the Cardinals, Falcons, Bills and Niners. A Warren Sapp Ring of Honor Day, of course, could change that.
So that’s half a home season on TV, under that scenario. It still sucks, but it’s an improvement. Hopefully, the Bucs can get another game on TV — a home playoff game.