When the Chiefs and Buccaneers kickoff at noon Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, folks down the street at several busy watering holes will not see the TV broadcast.
For the third time in three home games this season, the Bucs have failed to reach the number of tickets sold to achieve a sellout and lift the television blackout.
The team hasn’t said how many tickets remain available for the game between the 1-4 Chiefs and the 1-3 Bucs, but media estimates in Tampa-St. Petersburg put the tickets available total somewhere near 20,000.
It’s the 16th blackout in the last 18 regular-season home games at the 65,908-seat Raymond James.
Tampa ownership and management did not sit back after 5 blackouts last season. There was a reduction of ticket prices on 80 percent of the seats. They were also the first NFL team that went with the 85 percent rule, allowing them to reduce by 15 percent the number of sold tickets that would be considered a sellout. None of that has worked for home games this season against Carolina, Washington and the Chiefs.
So apparently, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn weren’t enough to sell out the building.