Blacked OutAugust 14th, 2012
Joe’s good friend, sports director Dave Wirth at WTSP-TV Channel 10, the preseason TV home of the Bucs, just confirmed via his Twitter feed that the Bucs game Friday against the Titans did not sell out by today’s 7:30 p.m. NFL-mandated deadline and thus will be blacked out from live broadcasts in the Tampa and Orlando TV markets.
In short, fans failed to lap up a minimum of 85 percent of the stadium’s non-premium seats.
@TBDave: Bucs confirm… Friday’s game
is blacked out, no 85%…
However, the game will be broadcast of a tape-delayed basis by WTSP three times, per the station’s website.
Friday night’s pre-season football game will be blacked out, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced.
10 News will air the game on a delay. The game will be shown on channel 10 beginning Friday night at 11:35. At approximately 2:35 a.m., we’ll broadcast David Letterman and Craig Ferguson.
The Bucs game will be re-aired Saturday from 9am to noon on 10.2. A third replay will be aired on 10.1 from noon to 3 p.m. The CBS sports spectaculars will air at 1 and 2 p.m. on 10.2.
The channels “10.1″ and “10.2″ are the station’s severe weather channel that is available on local cable carriers.
Add to that the NFL Network rebroadcasts, and Bucs fans who aren’t going to the game will have ample opportunities to see the game.