Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scrambles for yardage during a game against the St. Louis Rams at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Buccaneers Week 1 Game Vs. Lions Will Be Blacked Out

The Bucs are the first blackout victim of the year as their Week 1 game against the Lions will be blacked out in the Tampa area.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Stave Off Week 1 Blackout

The Jacksonville Jaguars nearly joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in having their season opener blacked out. According to ESPN, the Jags have sold just enough tickets, meaning that their season opener against the Tennessee Titans, a pivotal game against a division rival no less, will be shown on local television.

 

The fact that both the Bucs and the Jags are struggling to sell tickets is somewhat shocking considering that neither team is exactly at rock bottom. The Jags were 8-5 last season and in contention for a playoff spot before dropping their last three straight during the regular season. The Bucs, behind a talented young offense, expect to be playoff contenders this year.

For more on the Jags' opener against the Titans, check out Big Cat Country and Music City Miracles.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers First Home Game To Be Blacked Out

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday will be blacked out. The Bucs had until Thursday afternoon to sell the remaining tickets available, which they couldn't do, so the game will be blacked outlocally.

The Bucs are a team on the rise winning 10 games last year and they have a very young team that will be competing this year. Since they already have a good team, it makes you wonder if all their games will be blacked out again this year. 

Pewter Report suggests that there are two main possibilities for a non-blackout.

In fact, none of the 2011 home games have been announced by the team as sold out, but PewterReport.com has learned that the best chances of any home sellouts would occur for the Indianapolis Colts game on ESPN's Monday Night Football on October 3 and the December 17 game against Dallas on NFL Network's Saturday Night Football.     

The league's blackout rules maintains that a game must be sold out before it's broadcast locally. Basically, it's a way for the league to encourage fans to buy tickets to the game instead of staying home and watching it. In Tampa Bay, the strategy hasn't worked.

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NFL Blackout Rules: Jaguars And Buccaneers In Danger Of Losing Local TV Coverage

An outline of the NFL blackout rules and how two teams - Tampa Bay and Jacksonville - are affected in Week 1

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