Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The TV Blackouts Are Lifted. Now Everyone Can See The Soap Opera

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Followers of the soap opera that is known as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be able to watch all of their games for the rest of the 2013 season — no more blackouts. The team announced this week that remaining games at Raymond James Stadium this season will exceed the NFL requirement of selling 85 percent of all non-premium tickets. All of the games will air live in the Tampa Bay Area.

A total of 19 of the last 24 games played by the Bucs at home have been blacked out due to not selling out the games prior to the 48-hour window mandated by NFL rules. However, things have changed for the good this year and the bodies in the seats at Raymond James Stadium have bought enough advance tickets to assure Tampa Bay fans of being able to watch the team from the comfort of their living rooms.

Make no mistake about it, watching the Bucs on television this season is indeed a true soap opera. As a matter of fact, it might even merit a TV-14 rating making sure that children watch only with their parents. For those who may have missed the first three episodes of “How The Bucs Turn,” let me fill you in on what is going on.

Head coach Greg Schiano and his Bucs are off to a very bad start at 0-3. He had put his faith in his star quarterback Josh Freeman. But alas, he has failed to live up to his expectations. Enter a new hero — or so we hope — backup rookie quarterback and understudy Mike Glennon.

Will the rookie step in and save the franchise or will he fail? Was the hiring of Schiano from college, instead of going after an NFL coordinator, a mistake made by the team’s front office?

There are more story lines to keep track of than the average fan can follow. However, you can’t say that watching the 2013 edition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is in any way boring.

So grab your favorite beverage of choice, fire up the grill and make sure the flat screen is ready to go. Bucs fans will be able to see every gory detail in high definition at home until the curtain closes on this season, and there won’t be any reruns to worry about.

Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award winning producer, director and writer. Follow him @Wordmandc and add him to your Google circle.


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