The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take advantage of the new rule that allows teams to televise their home games as long as they sell 85 percent of their tickets. But that may not be enough to get the Bucs on local TV.
Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer told the Tampa Bay Times that televised games are “not a slam dunk.”
Ticket sales have been so bad for the Bucs that just two games at Raymond James Stadium have appeared on local TV in the last two seasons. Glazer said the team hopes to improve on that record this year, but he can’t promise that the Bucs will even reach the 85 percent threshold.
“We want to give our fans every opportunity to win as many games as they can this year,” Glazer said. “But I cannot stand here today and predict how many there will be. But we’re hopeful there will be more games on television than last year.”
The Bucs probably won’t have all eight games on local television. But even having half the home games on local TV would represent progress in Tampa.