Here's FOX 13's NFL schedule for Sunday, September 7:
NFL BROADCAST FAQs:
Why are you only airing one game this week/next week?
We would love to give you football all day long, but we are held to contract restraints and NFL broadcast rules.
Each week, the two local NFL affiliates, FOX 13 and CBS 10, air up to three games between them. One network has a doubleheader and one network has a singleheader. These schedules are pre-determined at the beginning of the season.
Of course there are exceptions, such as when the Bucs are blacked out at home -- then each network gets only one game each in opposing time periods (that day's doubleheader is lost).
If you'd like to read more, Wikipedia has a very good explanation of the league's broadcast rules: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_on_television
When do you know if there is a blackout for the Tampa Bay Bucs?
Blackouts are not official until 72 hours prior to game time. However, approximately one week prior, we will predict a scenario based on current ticket sales so that alternate programming can be put into place and TV listings may be updated. These predictions have so far been very accurate.
What happens if the game ends up selling out before the 72-hour deadline?
We will revert back to our original schedule.
Why do you air paid programs or syndicated programs instead of a different football game when there is a Bucs blackout?
On a normal Sunday afternoon, three different games are broadcast on two different stations -- FOX 13 and CBS 10. One station has a doubleheader, one station has a singleheader. These schedules are pre-determined at the beginning of the season.
On blackout weeks, NFL rules dictate that the doubleheader station cannot air two games. Tampa will have only one 1 p.m. game and one 4 p.m. game, split between FOX 13 and CBS 10. There are other rules that determine the time period assignments, but each station gets only one game.
Will you rebroadcast a blacked-out Bucs game later in the day or week?
No; unfortunately, we do not have the rights to rebroadcast a blacked-out game.