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No more blackouts this season, Bucs promise

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Empty seats have been a common sight at Bucs games. Empty seats have been a common sight at Bucs games.
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Bucs fans will be able to watch rookie quarterback Mike Glennon's NFL debut this Sunday, as well as every other Buccaneers game this season. The team announced Thursday that there would be no more blackouts this season.

The move comes just a day after QB Josh Freeman was benched for rookie Mike Glennon. The organization will make up the difference in ticket sales each week to reach the 85 percent threshold to air the team's home games.

Four of those seven games will be seen on FOX 13.

Bucs fans are all-too familiar with the blackouts-- more games have been blocked than not over the last few seasons.

Now the team says the blackouts are over, suggesting that the team would be buying the remaining tickets to make sure the sales meet the 85-percent threshold.

"In appreciation for the loyal support of our fans throughout the Tampa Bay area, we have committed to televise the remaining seven home games of the 2013 season," Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement posted on the team's website.

620 WDAE radio host Tom Krasniqi calls it a feel-good move by the Glazers. The teams had little to feel good about so far.

"Ticket sales are not what they thought they'd be at this point this is there way of saying to the fans look we're doing something positive here," he said.

It may well wind up-as a win-win-win decision, for the team, fans and some local bars and restaurants who'll benefit with more Bucs TV time.

"It is already slammed without the games on TV, so I think it'll really bring a lot of business," said Kirsten Osborn, a server at Brickhouse Tavern & Tap.

"Us as fans, we started losing confidence in the team, losing in the coach. By being on TV, it at least creates enthusiasm," said Contona Thomas.

Some fans are enthusiastic about the savings.

"It is hard to be a fan when you can't pay a $100 a ticket to sit in the nosebleeds," said Michael Martel.

You can watch the game on FOX 13 at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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