The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced that 62,422 attended Sunday’s game between the Bucs and Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.
According to Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times, the actual attendance was on 42,487.
42,487. For an NFL game in a Florida city not named Jacksonville.
As Holder points out, the crowd falls well short of the 55,073 who showed up for South Florida’s Thursday night game against Cincinnati at the same venue.
The development compels the NFL and/or the Buccaneers to explain how the team is managing to avoid local blackouts. At a minimum, the folks in Jacksonville could employ the same strategy.